One of the most common symptoms of anxiety is pain in the chest.
I know it was a real issue for me.
Is it a heart attack? Is it indigestion? Is it anxiety? At one point I was so sensitised to the feelings in my chest it would only take the slightest of twinge to cause a full-blown panic attack.
Chest pain was the hardest symptom for me to overcome. Whenever I got stressed or anxious chest pain was always present. It didn’t matter how many ECG’s or medical professionals told me there was nothing wrong – I was always convinced it was something much more sinister than anxiety alone.
Once you’ve got the all clear from your Doctor, I found that intense exercise helped. A light walk won’t do – it has to be something that gets the heart pumping (ironically, like a panic attack). A sport like Squash is ideal – something that involves high intensity running.
If you’re worried about doing activities that get the heart pumping due to suffering from panic attacks, work your way up to it. With practice and time you’re confidence will grow, and the exercise will work wonders.
Exercise and high intensity sports were a key part of my revival.
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