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Hi Im new here Im having a really hard time I constantly feel short or breath and am constantly controling my breathing its very distressing can someone please help me out with this problem

Category: Anxiety 4 years ago
Eric_90
Asked 4 years ago

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I've been through long periods of feeling as you do. First let me tell you that, in retrospect, no damage was done to mind or body. It helped me to understand that I really can't control my breath to the extent that I was thinking I could and should. The bodily function of breathing is luckily controlled by our most basic biology, it is not an act of will, absent verifiable medical emergency. Lastly, when I realized how very tense were the muscles surrounding my chest, I began to ask my partner to help me to relax the tight band, and I breathe a little easier. My experience tells me that this will indeed pass, whether you intervene or not, in time, perhaps replaced by another anxiety feature, maybe not. Stay safe and tell someone you honestly trust what you are going through: take away any shame. Get an upper back massage. Stretch out your arms.
wilmike
Answered 4 years ago
wilmike

I find myself holding my breath and also hyperventilating. One way I find I can control my breathing is to repeat a phrase over and over til my breathing returns to normal. It can be any phrase but I don't tell anybody what it is and I repeat it over and over. The only problem for me is remembering to do this when extremely stressed. Good luck.
SocialSuicide
Answered 4 years ago
SocialSuicide

I had breathing issues and anxiety a few years ago to the point I went to a doctor and got tests. I did a sleep study and went to an ears, nose, throat dr. Once they told me I was normal I felt assured enough to get some rest. The better sleep helped reset my brain and the anxiety faded. Good luck and don't be too hard on yourself. There are people with severe blockages and even they still get enough air to survive. If you think it might be medical seek out a dr.
Caldreamer
Answered 4 years ago
Caldreamer

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