How to maintian peace in mind while having trouble breathing?
Last Updated: 10/13/2020 at 12:10pm
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try and remember that it is only a temporary thing. thinking about something that makes you happy may help you to clear your mind and improve your breathing.
Your breathe controls your thoughts and visa versa. Control your breathing and control your thoughts.
When I have trouble breathing I try my very best to distract myself. I will take a hot shower, I will play music and force myself to sing to it, I will hug my dog or take him for a walk, I will clean my apartment or type an entry into journal. Distraction is my coping mechanism however there are others. You can try meditation and relaxation techniques..there are a bunch of videos on youtube for guided meditation. You could make yourself some calming tea and just sit there smelling the wonderful aroma.
It is important for you to know that it is impossible to die from a panic attack or from hyperventilating or feeling like you can't breath while anxious. You're struggles for breathing is all caused by your thoughts, and your automatic bodily functions will always over come those thoughts if you were really about to die from an attack. That should always be on your mind when experiencing this. Another thing to think about is how everything is caused by your thoughts and you are in charge of them. Just think about something pleasant while ensuring yourself that it is all in your mind and impossible for you to actually run out of breath.
If you're having difficulty breathing because of a panic attack using a breathing pattern might help you feel calmer, more in control, and open up your lungs. Personally, I like the 4-7-8. You breathe in for the count of four, hold the breath for the count of seven, and breathe out for the count of eight. It can also be helpful to remind yourself, either mentally, verbally, or by writing it down, that you ARE breathing right now, pulling air into your lungs and pushing it out, and that you're going to be able to keep breathing. Remind yourself that this will not last forever and that you can make it through this.
Stop what you are currently doing and just be calm and focus on your breathing. Inform the person that you are with about the problem you're having and know the reason behind it.
Whoa. This is a difficult question because if this is referring to trouble breathing from a panic attack, it is so difficult to focus on anything except the fear, physical, and mental pain. Waiting until it is over, then reflecting on why it happened and what you can do next time is helpful. If I misunderstood the question, then sorry.
When you are having trouble breathing try to remember the last thing that made you happy or try to focus on your breathing.
I have many techniques that I use myself. I can listen to soothing music, breathe through a straw, breathe in and count to 6, then breathe out and count to 6 then repeat, put on lotion, or talk to a friend.
I like to like to think of a rocking chair. how it slowly rocks back and forth. I sync my breathing with the speed of the chair and after about a minute i feel fine!
Intentionally, I slow down all movements but be aware physical symptoms. When I’m anxious, my head is usually spinning, my chest feels suffocated and my limbs are a bit numbed. I would sit down, close my eyes and I would do a yoga deep breathing exercise where you take a long deep breath and exhale longer than you breath in. The next breathing exercise I usually do is I do during running to prevent myself from getting out of breath. I would take a deep breath and let out in 2-3 intervals like “ ha, ha ,haaaaaaa” and repeat as needed. I find this helpful when I have symptoms of chest pain.
Whenever I have trouble breathing or realize I'm starting to get anxious (my breaths become shallow). there are several things I try doing: 1) I try to lessen the "stimulation" around me. For example, I tend to start getting into my anxious mode when my mom starts shouting. If I'm in the middle of listening to music, I lessen the volume or listen to something more soothing. For work, I tend to start getting anxious when I'm doing research and get frustrated about not being able to find what I need. I realize I have too many tabs open, then I start cutting down. 2) Breathing exercises. I have seen beautiful gifs that you synchronize your breathing with. My personal favorite is the opening and closing of a mandala flower. Aside from helping me focus on something peaceful and beautiful to look at, it also helps me with my breathing. It also helps me refocus thoughts and calm down. 3) There's this thing they call "grounding". It's when your thoughts are racing non-stop all over the place and you're having trouble breathing, and you try to "ground" yourself back to your space. I think it's a sort of mindfulness where you touch something in the room and just let yourself feel what is real, "this is a chair. I am sitting on the chair." Something like that! There are many other sources that can explain it better :)
It sounds like a struggle having to focus on peace while breathing is an issue. To help myself regulate my breathing I have always followed a count down technique, this helped me a lot. I would find five things I could see, four things I can hear, three things I could smell, two things I could touch and one thing I could taste. Following through the thoughts helped take my focus off trying to breathe and just allowed me to breathe naturally. I personally found that the less I think about breathing, the easier it is for me to breathe! I hope this helps in some way, and please adapt it to maybe your favourite sense more, so five things you can taste, or even touch!
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