Confront Your A-Fib Fears Directly
Ways to Facilitate Your A-Fib Fears
This is an excellent idea to handle fear when you have Atrial Fibrillation. Don’t let them mill around in your subconscious. It is suggested that you keep an ‘anxiety thought log’. Write down word for word what your anxious thought was, when and what was the trigger. Only then can you confront your A-Fib fears directly and be able to know what is triggering your anxiety. Excessive worrying about A-Fib makes it more likely to occur, get to know your triggers.
Is there a cure for A-Fib?
I’m truly sorry, no there is no cure, although some people say they have been cured after ablation. Some may have been A-Fib free for years, as I was for four years, but it has a tendency to return, thus the second and third ablation until it either gets better or worse. The worst thing that can happen with A-Fib, is a stroke and that is exactly what we’re trying to avoid. The Most Effective Ways to Overcome A-Fib Fears is knowledge.
The most effective way to overcome A-Fib fears is to deal with it head on. Learn all you can about A-Fib and confront your fears directly, knowledge is your best friend now. The more you learn about A-Fib, the more settling you will feel, and you’ll find that you have the power to control your body’s reactions to certain situations. Coping is a learning process.
Ways to Cope with day-to-day fears and anxiety
If you’ve been diagnosed with an anxiety related condition
Take Time Out, it’s impossible to think clearly when you’re flooded with fear and anxiety, you must physically calm yourself. Distract yourself from worry for about 15 minutes by walking around the block, pacing the floor slowly paying attention to where your next step will be put on the floor in front of you, make a cup of herbal calming tea, anything that you find calming, do it.
Breathe Through Your Panic
When Your heart is beating fast or your palms get sweaty, the best thing you can do is STOP what you’re doing. Move to a safe place to practice your breathing, slow and deeply. Concentrate on your heart rhythm and keep slowing your breath until you, “the almighty powerful one’ controls your own heart rhythm.
Keep decreasing the speed of your heart with your breathing and soon, you’ll be back in rhythm in no time. You can also use this technique for stress levels. Avoid conflict if you can until you get better at the techniques you use to stop episodes from happening.
Avoid situations that you know will cause conflict and bring episodes on
Don’t put yourself in a position to induce an episode of A-Fib, believe me, I’ve been there. If you find something upsetting within your bubble of life, change it or find another way to deal with it, walk away if you have to and find your happy place. If all of a sudden, you’re in A-Fib, assess the situation, what just triggered it?
What triggered the onset and who or what was there to induce that emotion or trigger? The more you know, the better off you will be and can make those changes needed to control your episodes. Life can be messy at times and it’s full of stress, the sooner you identify the better.
You’d be surprised at how calming yoga can be to your mental health and well-being. If doctors are prescribing it and seeing improvements, why not try Yoga?
Preliminary Studies, Yoga can improve A-Fib Symptom
Yoga calmed atrial fibrillation, early findings suggest
People with atrial fibrillation, may ease their symptoms with the help of a slower-paced yoga, a preliminary study finds. Researchers from India found that over 16 weeks of yoga sessions, a-fib patients saw their symptom episodes drop by about half. Their mental well-being got a boost as well as their physical well-being. Destressing your body is just as important as destressing your mind.
Yoga decreases stress and anxiety
Yoga has been demonstrated to improve symptoms of A-Fib and reduce attacks, as well as improve your quality of life, depression and anxiety. Doctors are finding a connection to A-Fib and Yoga as well as its effects on A-Fib patients.
I, myself have A-Fib and practice gentle yoga due to my age. I notice the calming affect it has over my mental well-being and it also helps your physical being limber up a bit more than you normally would while relieving your anxieties, it’s a win, win.
Yoga Improves Quality of Life in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation
Yoga may improve quality of life in patients with paroxysmal A-Fib because it gives them a method to gain some self-control over their symptoms instead of feeling helpless. Experts wonder if activities like yoga may provide added benefits for patients living with A-Fib. Since yoga can be very gentle, it’s generally safe for most patients living with A-Fib.
The Best Exercise to Treat A-Fib
Breathing exercise or Pranayama are a good fit for A-Fib. You can practice these on your own, Ocean sounding breath (Ujjayi). This will help slow down and control your heart arrhythmia and breathing.
Atrial fibrillation is a common arrhythmia affecting thousands of individuals worldwide. It is a conduction disorder that causes the heart to beat irregularly and rapidly. There are a few medical approaches to manage this costly health care burden: antiarrhythmics to maintain normal sinus rhythm, beta blockers to achieve rate control while allowing atrial fibrillation to persist, and electro-physiologic intervention for rate and rhythm control.
Treatments can be costly and are not without side effects. Yoga, an intervention that is available to people worldwide, has shown some promise in combating this widespread heart disorder.” The Yoga MY Heart Study from US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health.
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What makes a good yoga class? The main elements
Incorporate Beauty and Nature into the Room
- Room with soft colors
- Some yoga props
- Meditation pillow
- Make sure the room is not cluttered
- A couple of plants to oxygenate the air
- An open window
- mellow music to relax by
- Hard Floors work best
The best places to practice yoga in your home
Some of your most inspirational moments may be inspired by nature, and some of the best places to take advantage of this are in outdoor rooms. This large open space can be utilized for so much more than just yoga and can bring people together doing something they love. Yoga is engaging and relaxing, find your perfect spot.
If you have Atrial Fibrillation, the best thing you can do for your heart health is Yoga and eating healthy foods. Staying calm is key to controlling A-Fib and experiencing a better quality of life.
Tell Me What Your Experiences Have Been Like?
- If you’ve experience fear of what could or might happen to you while having episodes, I’d like to hear from you.
- What were your thoughts and what did you think might happen?
- What techniques, if any, did you end up using to control the episode?
- Were you worried about family and friends if something happened to you?
- At what point did you feel you should call for emergency services?
- Have you had many hospital stays?
- Are your medications working for you?
- Are you living alone and afraid most of the time?
- Concerned about driving?
- If so, do you avoid going anywhere due to fear of episodes?
You are welcome to leave a comment below, I truly would love to hear what you have experienced.
If you want more information on how Yoga can help you and your A-Fib, please go to www.webmd.com
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Wish you all the best