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Gym changed, freaked - March 1st 2017, 11:56 PM

My gym had a renovation, and completely changed around, new paint, new floor, new layout. I prepared myself for the change but i wasnt expecting that much of a drastic change. I told my mum about how freaked i was, and we went in together and had a look around today. I hate the change and i dont really want to go back. My membership ends on the 19th and this gym is the closest one to me, and the best for me. But now my throat constricts when i walk in there and i start having a panick attack inside my head. I breath and stuff but is there anyway i can get past my anxiety to enjoy my workout?
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Re: Gym changed, freaked - March 2nd 2017, 12:22 PM

Change can be difficult to deal with, but you can learn to adapt to it. Perhaps rather than avoiding the gym (which may fuel your anxiety about the change) you try spending time there instead? Is there a particular routine or exercise that you do and enjoy, that you could focus on instead of your surroundings?

New colours and layout can take a while to get used to, but the more you go to the gym, or focus on your exercises, the less it will bother you over time. If possible, perhaps you can bring your own music to listen to or something that helps to comfort you? It can be reassuring to have something that comforts you if you feel anxious or panicky. And keep going with the breathing exercises if they help you!

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Re: Gym changed, freaked - March 2nd 2017, 09:11 PM

I would have to say that the best plan of action is to go their for a short period of time and slowly increase the amount of time if and when you find it easeier
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Re: Gym changed, freaked - March 2nd 2017, 09:33 PM

Hey there!

That does sound scary seeing as it's such a big change. If you've been going someplace for awhile and then suddenly everything changes, it is understandable for it to cause a bit of anxiety on your part. I'm sorry this is interfering with your workout especially considering this gym is good for you since it's close.

As Holly suggested, maybe you could put music on your phone and listen to it to calm you? Is there a friend that could come to the gym with you and work out with you? Some people find it easier to work out when they and a friend or family member share the same goal and encourage either other. Except I am wondering if having a friend there with you would help you feel more comfortable if you were able to casually chat to them?

Talking to your mom about how scary it was that the gym changed, and the way you two went in together to take a look sounds nice. She seems supportive. Perhaps you could continue confiding in her about this, and your anxiety? You deserve the support. The renovation is a big change but is there anything that is still the same in which you can surround yourself in? For example, same workout machine, same gym bag, same work out clothes etc. Finding what still is the same may be comforting in a way.

Focusing on your senses can help such as touch. If you are on a workout machine that requires you to hold a part of it, focus on both your workout and how the texture feels. You could also bring along a rough bracelet to focus your senses on.

Do you think that continuing working out and staying healthy would be a good way to step out of your comfort zone a bit, and go against your anxiety? Right now I know it is completely different, and different can be scary and unknown. But after you explore it and get used to the new layout, it'll likely begin feeling more normal than you ever thought it would. Continue practicing breathing and take it one work out at a time. I hope your gym experience improves and that you renew your membership on the 19th.

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Re: Gym changed, freaked - March 5th 2017, 03:44 PM

Hi! Change of environment while can generate interest to most people, it can also be very very stressing and scary to some.. I can relate what you are feelng.

>> I told my mum about how freaked i was, and we went in together and had a look around today.

- This is a very wise move. Always have a person beside you to monitor your conditions. They are there for you at difficult times especially when you had panic attacks. Try to use the gym along with your mum for a few times untill you felt more secure. Hopefully this will reduce your anxiety with the new environment.

>> I hate the change and i dont really want to go back. My membership ends on the 19th and this gym is the closest one to me, and the best for me.

- Well.. you go to a gym to exercise, not to appreciate the surroundings I would suggest that you can try to focus on the exercise instead. While the new surroundings is a factor to make you felt scared, but try to not make it a reason to hate it. After all you are there solely for the exercise, and you need it since its the best choice for you.

>> I breath and stuff but is there anyway i can get past my anxiety to enjoy my workout?

- I think it will only be first few minutes that anxiety is controlling you. Try to use the facillities that you do not need your eye to see, for example the runner. Try to close your eyes to shut down the external stimuli that causes your anxiety. And perhaps your mum can be right beside you to make you feel safer. Once you are actually breathing more due to the exercise, you will automatically find it hard to even focus on your anxiety anymore. Exercising itself can make you feel less anxious.

I hope this helps. Remember that its okay to feel anxious, and you can always try again if you had panic attacks before. Try it bit my bit and you will get it eventually.

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