Chest Tightness And You

The words ‘chest tightness’ are enough to make many people clench. Maybe you’re one of them. You’ve recently noticed chest tightness that comes and goes. You might be awakened by one arm or the other, tingling when that’s not happening.

These concerns are increasing your stress. Perhaps something similar has been happening to one of your colleagues. Even though they’re in great shape, they get short of breath when doing the least little thing. It makes you think.

You’ve heard some stories that make you get worried. Then, on the days you feel great, you do pretty well at shaking off gloomy thoughts. Now, you wonder if it’s time to get serious. You plan to be in the game of life as long as possible!

Causes Of Chest Tightness

Chances are you’ve read about all of the things that cause chest tension, from muscle strain or a sensitive esophagus to reflux, an injured rib, or even anxiety. [1] [2]

If you want to put ‘Mind over matter’ to good use, then changing your behaviour to taking care of yourself more than pushing through the latest holdup in a workflow is going to enable you to stay healthy,

When you think about it, that’s logical, though it wasn’t on your list of things to be concerned about—it’s time to rethink all of this, including stress and anxiety. You had no idea those could make muscles ache, blood pressure go up, or one of several other somewhat concerning symptoms.

That’s especially true as you got a clean bill of health at your recent annual physical. Even then, it’s a good idea to check in with your physician to be sure.

Meanwhile, starting today, it’s time to take active steps to work on the stress and anxiety. It may be time to get a performance coach who works with those under stress and pressure like me.

Stress, Anxiety, And Chest Pain

The mind over matter idea means changing your behaviour to prioritize taking care of yourself over pushing through the latest holdup in a workflow.

The stress response can indeed affect your wellness, even on a limited scale.

• Anxiety causes chest tightness as it increases the breathing rate while decreasing its depth.
• Then you can’t catch your breath, and the harder you try, the more nervous and panicky you become.
• This happens because your stress hormones are in over-drive. Adrenalin makes your heart race, and cortisol contributes to weight gain. It worsens when you can’t get a good night’s sleep.
• If all that wasn’t enough, your head pounds and your stomach gets tied in knots.

Time For A Shift In Your Internal Narrative

Now’s the time to catch up! I will guide you in using your brain’s intuitive powers for performance. First and foremost, that means for your health! After all, everything you value hinges on that. With my guidance, you’ll learn:

• Early warning tools for recognizing that you’re becoming anxious
• Steps to take to short-circuit stress and anxiety in their tracks
• That taking time to focus on yourself is not as big a deal as you thought
• How stress hormone overload limits creativity while making your chest tight
• How to clear emotional triggers to increase your resilience
• That reducing tension and anxiety automatically increases your fun and happiness
• The importance of speaking up for what you need… and encouraging others to do the same
• When it’s time to see your doctor

Next Steps For Less Anxiety

I am ready to support you in re-training your brain for long-term health! You can begin the process by completing this Discovery Survey.

It’s time to show anxiety to the door!

 

References

Adcox, M., & Silver, N. (2020). Why does my chest feel tight? Retrieved from performance coach

Harvard Health Publishing (HHP). (2020). Understanding the stress response. Retrieved from https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/understanding-the-stress-response

Railton, D. (2020). What could cause chest pain? Retrieved from https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321650#causes

Schwarz, J., Prashad, A., & Winchester, D. E. (2015). Prevalence and implications of severe anxiety in a prospective cohort of acute chest pain patients. Critical Pathways in Cardiology, 14(1): 44-47. doi: 10.1097/HPC.0000000000000038

[1] Railton, 2020

[2] Adcox & Silver, 2020