Hello, friends. In this Q&A, offer my thoughts on two questions relating to exercise-induced anxiety which results in heart palpitations during exercise and coping with rejection after being ghosted by a potential partner.
Hi Dr. Duff, Recently my anxiety has increased in intensity and I am trying to manage it. However, I have found that exercising causes me to feel intense anxiety as my heart rate increases. This does not have to be high-intensity exercise–I have intense anxiety on brisk walks as I do with more intense exercise. Most times I experience heart palpitations after this exercise-induced bout of anxiety (which my cardiologist says are benign and that I can take a supplement that might help but otherwise not to worry). How do I fix my intense exercise-induced anxiety? I would like to be able to enjoy exercise! Btw, I’m a long-time listener of your podcast and really appreciate all that you do. I have searched your website for a similar question to mine, but did not find one… so I hope that this topic may be interesting for a podcast episode in the future!
So for a while now I thought I was good at handling rejection, but come to find out, there are different forms of being rejected because I recently got “ghosted” by a girl I met on a dating app. Everything was going well, went on a couple of dates and had lots of fun got to know her pretty well and all of a sudden after 2-3 weeks of nonstop talking/texting, she stops answering altogether. I’m having a really hard time getting over this and I don’t know why. It’s something very insignificant but for some reason, it is really bothering me. I think it has more to do with not knowing “why” she ghosted me rather than the actual fact that she did. What advice can you give me to overcome this because it’s really been affecting me and for some reason giving me lots of anxiety?
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