Using a Pulse Oximeter For Anxiety
Updated: Nov 22, 2020
Although we typically think of pulse oximeters within the field of health tools for people with pulse or heart conditions, there is actually an amazing role for them during panic and anxiety. Especially panic and anxiety attacks!
1. Keep your pulse oximeter close at hand
2. When panic or anxiety rises, take out your pulse oximeter and place it on your finger. Place your full attention on it.
3. Place your awareness on the measurement of your pulse.
4. With intention, try to lower your pulse by 5 beats.
As your place your attention here, and intentionally try to lower your pulse, watch as it will magically start to decrease. Watch your pulse drop back down to calm.
Pulse Oximeters are the perfect tool for anxiety and panic attacks. They are easy to keep in your purse or pocket, discreet, and light. They are also the ideal tool to stop panic when it begins to arise. Typically my biofeedback clients report having a raised pulse and either hot or cold swings during panic and anxiety. *Individuals have a tendency towards either cold or hot panic attacks.
Why does using the pulse oximeter during panic and anxiety attacks work?
Studies show that pulse increases during the anxiety or panic episodes. By measuring your pulse, you are placing your focus on a manageable factor that you can control. Often people with panic report feeling out of control like they cannot stop this feeling, and it envelops them in a sense of fear or out of body experience. By focusing on something you can control, you are showing yourself that you are the one in control of your own emotions. Your own best friend. Next time this happens, choose to be your own best friend. Your mind and body will thank you.
*Please note this technique is purely for informational purposes only. If you have any health concerns contact your doctor.