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We all hear how important deep breathing techniques are in combating stress and anxiety. But what exactly does deep breathing mean and how do you do it properly?
Deep breathing, also called diaphragmatic breathing, involves breathing from your diaphragm rather than shallow breathing from your chest. To receive the most benefit from deep breathing techniques when you are feeling anxious or stressed, you should practice deep breathing on a daily basis.
Taking ten minutes per day to practice and use deep breathing exercises will this help to reduce overall stress levels, it can help you to be prepared should you be in a situation where stress and anxiety become overwhelming.
Lie down in a comfortable place. Ideally, you should lie on your back, with your knees bent and your back straight.
Take a few moments to relax your muscles.
Place your hands on your stomach so you can feel the rise and fall as you breathe.
Your first breath should be an exhale as you want to empty yo...
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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