“Relaxation-induced anxiety is a phenomenon that occurs when a person feels extremely uncomfortable, anxious, or agitated as a result of (actual or perceived) physical and/or psychological relaxation. The anxious response is considered to be an ironic and counterintuitive reaction due to the fact that for a majority of individuals, increased relaxation tends to reduce anxiety and increase psychological resilience to stress. However, it is important to consider that for a small percentage of individuals, experiencing deep relaxation and emotions that these relaxed states of consciousness evoke, can be problematic.”
What the actual fuck?!
So, this is how my therapist/ paid person 😉 has worked out why I have so much trouble being mindful.
In a session, we went through several different techniques meant to lower your state of arousal in order to be calm enough to use skills instead of resorting to harmful or problematic behaviours.
In DBT these are called TIP skills.
I’m not sure if I’m allowed to do this but If anyone is interested in them, I have scanned a page from my work book which explain these a little more.
So, relaxation induced anxiety?
We took the P…
It is both the paced breathing and the paired muscle relaxation that we tried in our session that lead to my new very informal diagnosis.
The paced breathing increased my heart rate, I felt like I couldn’t get enough oxygen, my thoughts were spinning, I felt sick. Paired muscle relaxation made me crampy, tense, shaky, my teeth were chattering.
The combination basically sent me into a mini panic attack, something I haven’t had in quite a while.
So what have I been told to do?…
Keep trying, practice, do more.
I really have no idea what to do!!
Has anyone else ever experienced this?
Should I keep pushing myself into being mindful and practicing the TIP skills, or just give up?