If you decide to take a break from practicing at the same intensity level as usual (and you should have a good reason before doing so), remember that it is important that after an amount of time, you resume to your normal amount of practice. I say this because I understand that once you start practicing less, it is easy to fall behind. However, we cannot afford to stop exercising and practicing; we need to continue to build strength and confidence in order to get through our anxiety and other issues.
It can be hard to get back on track. For one thing, laziness is often an issue. We can get into a pattern of not stretching enough and before we know it, our progress is lessening because of this. Also, if we have a decent excuse for practicing less (say sickness, etc.), even when we may be feeling better we may tend to continue to not try as hard.
Something that I have noticed is a bit difficult when trying to get back on track, is that once we slow down when it comes to how much effort we put into getting better, our confidence level may go down. Due to our confidence level decreasing slightly, we may feel that we cannot practice as much as before and be as successful. The truth is, however, that if we were doing well before, we can do well again. Here are some steps to help you get back on track.
1.) Even when you are practicing less, still practice somewhat. While I understand no one is perfect, there shouldn’t be a day where you go completely without practicing at all.
2.) Start building up the amount of times (and intensity) of your exercising and practices. For example if you were practicing facing your fears ninety times a day and then you went down to fifty for whatever reason, slowly increase the amount of exercises that you do. This will prove to yourself that you do have the strength to get back on track.
3.) Constantly remind yourself of your overall progress and how you have managed to get through anxiety.
4.) Keep track of your progress and record how much you are exercising. By doing this you will be able to actually see on paper how much you are improving and that you are working harder to get through your anxiety.
**These are just ideas and some advice that I have. I am not a doctor and understand that some cases may vary. If anyone has any other suggestions, feel free to let me know!