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Did you ever wonder why deep breathing works to relax someone sometimes and other times it does not seem to have much of an impact?
Science has shown that our brains process one thought at a time. An article in Science Daily, in discussing the theory of multi-tasking, explains that research from MIT points to our limited ability to process one thought. Other thoughts "line up" waiting their turn to be processed by our brains.
In order for deep breathing to be effective, therefore, we must fully focus on it. Once another thought enters our mind, the thoughts of deep breathing will move to the back of the line and wait, once again, to be processed. In the meantime, thoughts of anxiety, nervousness, worry can take their turns, one by one turning relaxation into turmoil.
Deep breathing is a stress reducer but also offers much more:
Some studies have indicated that fast breathing rates are linked to high blood pressure.
Deep Breathing may help some people wit...
Breathing difficulties can be described in several different ways. You may be short of breath, unable to take a deep breath, gasping for air, or feel like you are not getting enough air.
See also: Choking
Difficulty breathing - first aid; Dyspnea - first aid; Shortness of breath - first aid
If you are having difficulty breathing, it is almost always a medical emergency (other than feeling slightly winded from normal activity like exercise or climbing a hill).
Difficulty breathing has many potential causes. Some of the most common are:
, which can happen if you have emphysema or asthma, but may also happen spontaneously in young, healthy people
, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or heart failure
High altitudes, which can be a problem even in young people
Injury to the ne...
A note from Jane:
I’ll be taking some time off in July, but in place of my usual shareposts I’d like to pass on some wisdom from the writings of a dear friend, a lady with COPD, Jo-Von Tucker. At age 52, Jo-Von was told that she had COPD, she’d have to wear oxygen 24-hours a day for the rest of her life, and she had less than five years to live. But she didn’t give up – or give in. This was just the start of a new chapter in her life as she went on for many years to help herself and others by establishing a breathing support group, advocating for better oxygen availability, and writing a book and monthly newsletters for COPD patients and their families. Jo-Von passed away unexpectedly in late 2003 from complications following surgery. Following her death, I was given her writings with the encouragement, and the blessing, to share them with people with COPD. Her words ring true today, just as they did the day they were written. Here’s a quote ...
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