Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 2/16/2009 8:13:28 AM (GMT-7)
Good Morning my family. Just some basic facts to help you understand the respiratory system.
A respiratory control center at the base of your brain controls your breathing. This center sends ongoing signals down your spine and to the nerves of the muscles involved in breathing.
These signals ensure your breathing muscles contract (tighten) and relax regularly. This allows your breathing to happen automatically, without you being aware of it.
To a limited degree, you can change your breathing rate, such as by breathing faster or holding your breath. Your emotions also can change your breathing. For example, being scared or angry can affect your breathing pattern.
In simple words, your breathing is controlled by the autonomic nervous system. Reference: Heart, Lung, Blood Institute
I am sitting here smiling as I tried the rubber band trick to stop the "stinkin thinkin" especially when I am sad...........well I tell ya all folks that dang rubber band snapping my wrist made me cry......... it hurts so you don't want to have to use it to much. Makes you stop and think oh yeah, get ahold of your anxiety or your going to have to snap yourself.......OUCH.
Post Edited (Green Grove) : 2/17/2009 1:58:20 PM (GMT-7)