Sweating is normal and healthy, but nervous sweating can ruin your whole day. Even if you don’t feel hot, a single thought or specific environment can trigger your nervous system, resulting in anxious sweating. So when it comes to how to stop nervous sweating, you may wonder if you’ll ever find a way to deal with this embarrassing, inconvenient problem.
Stress and sweat go together like peanut butter and jelly. Whether you’re presenting to a client or have social anxiety, nervous sweats can crush your focus – but it doesn’t have to be that way. Today we’ll go over how to stop anxiety sweating and restore your confidence:
- Choose the right clothing
- Know your sweat triggers
- Use a strong antiperspirant
- Stay calm
1. Choose the Right Clothing
Protect yourself against sweat from the inside out. The best way to keep nervous sweats from showing through your clothing is to arm yourself with a sweat proof undershirt like a Thompson Tee. Our best-selling undershirts feature patented sweat proof technology that completely absorbs sweat, keeping moisture from reaching your outer layers.
Next, opt for natural fabrics like cotton or bamboo when searching for dress shirts that don’t show sweat. High-quality cotton is breathable and repels heat better than synthetic fabrics like polyester. Also, consider keeping a spare shirt at work for added confidence before a meeting or stressful situation.
Read more: What Colors Show Sweat the Least?
2. Know Your Sweat Triggers
Eating hot and spicy foods, smoking, or drinking too much alcohol and caffeine can cause you to sweat more than usual. Make sure to avoid these common sweat triggers before a nerve-racking situation to keep anxiety sweating at bay.
Some other common sweating triggers include:
- Worry or fear of being judged
- Fear of sweating itself
Read more: 7 Tips on How Not to Sweat on Dates
3. Use a Strong Antiperspirant
Does your deodorant combat both wetness and odor? “Deodorant” is an umbrella term that most people assume includes wetness protection – but not always.
With the popularity of natural deodorants increasing, you may have purchased a product that left you smelling good but feeling moist (ew). If you’re concerned with excessive sweating, choose an antiperspirant/deodorant, or upgrade to a prescription-strength antiperspirant for extra protection.
Pro tip: Try applying your antiperspirant before bedtime to make it more effective. Nighttime is the most effective time to apply antiperspirant because it allows the active ingredients to block your sweat glands while you sleep.
Don’t worry – your morning shower won’t wash off the antiperspirant. Just make sure not to shower immediately after applying it at night.
4. Stay Calm
Staying calm is sometimes easier said than done, especially in stressful situations. However, taking deep breaths is shown to help you relax. Relaxation helps avoid the “fight or flight” stress response, which can increase your heart rate and cause an imbalance of the body’s carbon dioxide and oxygen levels.
In addition, starting a regular meditation practice that incorporates deep breathing does double duty, calming your mind and body and offering several other health benefits.
So getting sweaty during exercise helps people sweat less? Huh? Well, not the exercise itself, but the stress relief that regular exercise brings. Exercise can improve your mood, boost energy, promote better sleep, and contribute to a feeling of well-being that contributes to peace of mind in stressful situations.
Does it seem counterintuitive that drinking water can help prevent excessive sweating? A lack of water signals your body to sweat more to allow you to cool down. Heavy stress also dries out your mouth, so drink enough water before an anxiety-ridden situation to prevent excessive sweating and annoying cottonmouth.
Thompson Tee: The Antidote to Nervous Sweating Stress
Stress and nerves are unavoidable facts of life for even the most confident people. However, finding ways to reduce anxiety's effects may be easier than you think.
Wearing a Thompson Tee can help curb the effects of nervous sweating, stopping embarrassing underarm sweat stains and odor for good. With over 10,000 Five-Star reviews and over a million shirts sold, Thompson Tees can help you get your groove back.
Note: If excessive sweating begins to curtail your activities or impact your mental health, please consider seeking advice from a doctor or mental health professional.