I have always believed that anything that can give you biofeedback whilst experiencing anxiety can be a very useful tool in combating it. There are so many recommendations for people who experience anxiety; breathing exercises, visualisations, mantras, TFT tapping, positive self talk etc etc. Regardless of which ‘tools’ one applies they very rarely get immediate feedback. How encouraging would it be if you discovered that after applying your breathing techniques that your heart rate dropped from 180 to 120? I think this would consolidate your self-belief in your own ability to self help and raise your confidence in doing so ten-fold. Well I have a suggestion which I think all anxiety sufferers should at least give a go…..get yourselves a heart rate monitor and begin today! They are easy to use and very cheap too!
Here is an interesting study showing some good results.