Anxiety Essay

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The first type of anxiety I felt was trait anxiety. I had never climbed before in my life prior to this class. In addition to having no prior experience with climbing I am scared of heights. I felt anxiety as soon as it was announced that we would be climbing the rock wall. I was very uneasy in the days leading up to our first climb. The second form of anxiety I felt was state anxiety. As soon as I started to climb I felt the feeling of dread rise up within me. When I first started climbing I could feel the butterfly’s building up in the pit of my stomach. My physiological anxiety did not kick in until I actually started to climb. My muscles were tensed do to the stress I was experiencing. My hands were a little unsteady compared …show more content…
Rock climbing was a completely new experience for me, because it was new I found myself using muscles I would not use on an everyday basis. As I progressed up the wall rather than gaining confidence in my ability, I became more and more fearful of falling. Finally I reached the top and my heart dropped as I realized I was going to have to fall back down. I knew the auto-belie would catch me, but that didn’t stop me from creating hypothetical situations in which I would fall. It felt like I fell for ever, but in reality I know it was around half a second before the auto-belie did its job of taking me down to the ground. Psychologically I was focusing more on not falling than the aspects of climbing themselves. My confidence was completely diminished, being thrown into a completely new situation. After having a few climbs under my belt, I know feel more acclimated and …show more content…
While deep breathing I feel my heart rate falling and feel at peace with the world. Focusing after deep breathing because so much easier. I use it before climbing to alleviate any anxiety I feel due to my fear of heights. During the climb I find that PMR is more beneficial and relevant than deep breathing. I am familiar with PMR because I employ it during my sprints for track. It is important while sprinting not to become tense. If a sprinter tenses up he wastes a lot of energy that the body could use in another way. While climbing I try to relax my muscles to maximize my efficiency while climbing. Deep breathing during the actual climb I feel like would be hard to perform in a beneficial manner. From my experiences I find that deep breathing before as opposed to during is much more beneficial

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