I have a client who has recently experienced some symptoms of anxiety. We have – with the support of a doctor – determined that it is in fact stress-induced anxiety and not an underlying condition (i.e., irregular heart beat or atrial fib). I have suggested the client read more about relaxation techniques, breathing techniques and suggested that when the anxiety feeling is coming on, rather than focus on it thus making it worse, reach for some calming techniques. Exercise has absolutely improved the condition: just wondering if there is anything else we can do? Thanks!
Fair enough: thank you for your feedback. For points of clarification these anxious moments have never occurred in my presence: I would conjecture that this is job- or finance-induced anxiety/stress. Per the client, exercise has supported in using unexpended energy and reducing stress (yes! it does!) and rest has been more achievable since we’ve introduced exercise. I’d like to borrow the philosophy of finding a “quiet” place and make the recommendation to the client: distancing oneself from stresses of any kind (computers, phones, people) can de-escalate the situation, and breathing techniques during the anxiety attack would be beneficial (I would think).
I agree with integrating yoga: we actually began working out with yoga and pilates as: 1) the individual had not exercised regularly in over 1 year; and 2) I knew it would be helpful in managing the anxiety. We have since added cardio, graduating from walking to jogging while still doing yoga or pilates afterward. I will def read about the music suggestions — thanks!!