“Relaxation Anxiety Leads To Thinking You Can’t Stay Still, And Must Keep Your Plate Constantly Full.”
As the questions starting rolling in for me around why it was so hard for people to relax, I knew we had an important topic here. Relaxation anxiety is a feeling of having to constantly stay busy, due to the feelings of safety and familiarity. The moment an anxiety sufferer begins entering into mindfulness exercises such as meditation, or imagery exercises the body responds as if danger lurks around the corner.
A bewildering cycle that lowers a persons self worth, and keeps the fight or flight response constantly on.
In today’s powerful podcast episode I’ll also be giving examples of relaxation anxiety during my 6 year struggle. Many times for example trying to take some rest and relaxation time for myself with a warm bath, quickly turned into a full on struggle to stay still. As I recognized the waves of water pulsating due to my hard heart beat, I quickly noticed that my nervous system was confused.
How Could Time For Calmness Be So Misinterpreted By My Body I Wondered? Isn’t it supposed to calm my nerves? Was there something wrong with me?
There was no let up in the catastrophic question marks I had for myself. Deep breathing led to my heart rate jumping, not slowing down. A walk in the park led to dizziness, and so on. And since the symptoms of anxiety were so strong I labelled these relaxation methods in a way that kept me trying different things, with no peace whatsoever. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy was my answer to the cycle of relaxation anxiety, and I’m forever grateful for the teachings that originated many years ago.
In this podcast episode I want to give you the deepest understanding of your relaxation anxiety. Here’s what we’ll be focusing on:
- What anxiety sufferers unconsciously do to keep relaxation anxiety alive
- How relaxation anxiety started in the majority of anxiety sufferers lives
- The most important tool to put an end to the cycle for good