I am a blusher, and I also sweat a lot on my face when I'm blushing and nervous. My facial muscles also become very tense and my heart beat sky rockets. My entire body goes into a state of anxiety which makes it impossible for my mind to ignore. It compounds my social anxiety (maybe even is the root cause).
I started 12.5 mg of Atenolol yesterday evening (half of the smallest dose) and I've so far only taken one dose. If it's a sugar pill effect, I am quite pleased with its power over the mind lol. I put myself out there today, in an incredibly stressful situation (most people would think that my idea of stress is silly), and my body did not betray me. I was indeed mentally nervous in my mind, just waiting for the blushing, sweating, and tight facial muscles to appear--but nothing happened. I was able to converse with people, holler at people, and act like I blended in. And yes, I was nervous! But I finally had the opportunity to confidently fake it and I got away with it. It was heaven.
My dose is so low, but honestly I can feel it in my body. It's like a constant feeling of just having finished up a mile run. My body is tired, but not the sleepy tired, more the energized tired. Now my anxiety is wondering when all of that becomes too good to be true and wondering what will go wrong. Nutshell version--it doesn't take away the anxiety, it stops the physical symptoms from taking over and escalating the anxiety. I'm hoping that's all I need.