If you've ever gnawed your fingernails down to the quick, or dealt with the sudden itch to run a marathon at 3:00 a.m., then you know a little about nervous energy. It can be an inefficient, and sometimes destructive, impulse. As the physical signs you have too much nervous energy prove, this particular kind of exuberance can show up in some weird and unwelcome ways.
Also known as excess energy, nervous energy is triggered by the body's fight or flight response, according to AnxietyCentre.com. Basically, when you're feeling stressed or anxious, the body get amped-up to take on an aggressor or run away. This is great if you're being chased by a bear, but not so great if you're stressed out about meeting a deadline at your office job. That energy has nowhere to go. Over time, the body can get hyper-stimulated by the release of stress hormones, resulting in an abundance of energy, as further explained by AnxietyCentre.com. Sometimes this energy shows up in the form of certain nervous tics or other physical symptoms.
So here are a few of the ways nervous energy may show up in your own body. If any of these symptoms are interfering with your daily life, or causing distress in any way, then consider speaking with a professional to help get these nervous tendencies under control.