Tips To Manage Anxiety and Palpitations

Tips to Manage Anxiety and Palpitations

Anxiety and palpitations. For people with AFib, they sometimes experience anxiety about their condition. What I tell my patients is this; worrying about their AFib never heals the disorder. Instead, it aggravates it. And, it can interrupt your life routine, including your sleep routine.

If you’re getting poor sleep because you “what if” possible anxiety-causing scenarios about having irregular heartbeats, that also can have a negative effect on your wellness.For this reason, I’d like to share some tips about effectively managing anxiety you may be feeling about your AFib.

Simple Ideas To Help You Work With Anxiety and Palpitations

Feeling anxious, for many, is a learned behavior. When you worry you can’t control something (like your irregular heartbeats), it can cause increased irregular heartbeats.Feeling anxious about feeling anxious about your AFib keeps you in an endless cycle of anxiety.Understanding that you may be unable to do a lot about completely eliminating your AFib naturally can cause you to panic.The more you stay focused on what you CAN’T do about AFib, the more you can cause your anxiousness to get worse.

For those who suffer with anxiety, anxiety attacks and palpitations, you might consider getting some professional stress reduction training.Many qualified therapists or professional stress reduction coaches can provide training for you to incorporate into your lifestyle to help you manage your condition. There has also been some recent literature that yoga can improve symptoms of AFib and feelings of stress.

Here are some tips to help you manage anxiety and palpitations.They might sound too simple to work well.However, if you give them a try, you might surprise yourself to see simplicity can help reduce the effects of your condition:

  1. Change your focus.If you recognize you’re focusing and worrying too much generally about on your heart health, do something different. Distract your mind toward more uplifting ideas. For example, simply focus on calmly breathing. Inhale and count slowly and deliberately, to 3 as you inhale. Then, exhale for 6 counts. At the end of the 6 counts, say the word, “Calm.” Repeat. Also notice if your neck and shoulders are tense.Purposely relax them and begin the exercise again. Focusing on inhaling and exhaling with the intention of “getting to calm” can help take your mind off of your heart.

  2. Change locations. Get up from where you are sitting, then sit in another location.The simple action of changing to a different location can change your focus about having irregular heartbeat fears. The same is true of a fussy baby.Sometimes taking a fussy baby and putting him or her in the stroller and moving him or her to a different location can calm a fussy baby.So, change locations occasionally.It’s probably a safe idea for you to do more walking than you’ve been doing anyway.Walking gets the circulation going which might be good for your heart. However, ask your doctor before you participate in any physical activity program to see if he/she agrees that it’s right for you.

  3. Think more positively.By focusing on the good possibilities in your life, you may be able to generally develop a more positive life outlook.Being positive helps you cope with anxiety better.So, think positive!

 

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