MY POST(FEELING THAT BREATHING STOPPED)-WAS LOST

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Wotan
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   Posted 10/5/2009 2:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone again-
 
I had posted a few days ago--  on a feeling my breathing had stopped. shocked
about three people posted some WONDERFUL advice and info---that was lost--when Forums went down...& brought back. mad
1) One post was from ..I believe Skitt--who gave me a site on a relaxation...or coping technique!
 
2) Another was by a wonderful person...very "philosophical"....(about the "little me"...or "scary me")--that I read & it was most helpful....& I had one other poster give me some advice.
 
Is it possible.....that these wonderful people can please...re-post.....as close to possible what they said?   The words were so..."comforting"...to me! yeah
Thank you so much-  Regards--Robert :-)

stkitt
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   Posted 10/5/2009 3:17 PM (GMT -7)   

Dear Robert,

I am so sorry your original post was lost with the database issues.

When practiced regularly, relaxation techniques such as mindfulness meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, controlled breathing, and visualization can reduce anxiety and increase feelings of relaxation and emotional well-being.

I am not sure which exercise I posted before but there are several that I like.

When you are anxious, you tend to breathe shallowly, using your upper chest muscles.  Controlled breathing is a technique that you can use to counteract this stress response and induce a state of calm within 3 to 5 minutes. Try this simple technique, using the following steps:

Lie on your back, placing one hand over your heart and the other on your abdomen.

Inhale slowly and deeply through your nose for a count of 4.

Watch the hand on your abdomen rise as you fill your lungs with air, expanding your chest. (The hand over your heart should barely move, if at all.)

Hold your breath for a count of 4.

Exhale slowly through the mouth or nose for a count of 4.

Repeat for 10 full breaths. Work up to 2 or 3 sets of 10 breaths each.

Keep the following guidelines in mind while practicing controlled breathing:

Inhale slowly and deeply through the nose.

  • Exhale slowly through the mouth or nose.
  • Breathe in a smooth, regular pattern.
  • Concentrate while inhaling on filling the lower portion of the lungs.

Remember unconsciously, breathing is controlled by specialized centers in the brainstem, which automatically regulate the rate and depth of breathing depending on the body’s needs at any time. It is not possible for a healthy person to voluntarily stop breathing indefinitely.

I hope this helps and again I am so sorry your post was lost.

Health and Happiness

Kitt


 

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Wotan
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   Posted 10/5/2009 4:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kitt-
 
Thanks so much for your prompt reply.   Actually.....you gave me now...specific instructions on "how"...to breathe!   (Before it was a site with lots of info)--This was more specific & helpful.
 
I just did the breathing excercises as decsribed.   It's amazing how good & effective they are-!
 
Until I did them...I never realized how..."shallow"...my breathing sometimes is- idea
Feeling the hand on my abdomen rise....made me realize that good.."relaxing"...breathing....comes very deep from the abdomen.  I'm gonna write that down...on a 3 X 5 card...& keep it on me.   yeah
 
  • Also---aside from my meditation...that I began last week..I'm gonna try & do these breathing excercises....2 or 3 times/day---Thanks again Kitt.
  •       Now...If the other poster who gave a great "philosophy.....on ...."overcoming fear".......could re-post his advice.......I'll be all set-
  •  
  • Glad our site is up and running again.    Having HW here...is like having a "good friend"...there for comfort and advice....24/7----regards---Robert :-)

stkitt
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   Posted 10/5/2009 4:46 PM (GMT -7)   

Robert,

I am sure you will hear from others too.

When your fears have the best of you, it is easy to feel that things will not get any better. This is not true. There is much help available in today’s society and the best way to deal with your fears is to find effective ways to overcome them. Instead of focusing on doom, stay in the moment. Give yourself breathing space. Consider what matters to you. Establish a few manageable goals, then take small steps toward achieving them.

I am a great believer in staying in the moment which I learned in therapy. Making ourself miserable is how we tend to spend a lot of time in the past or the future. We spend much time thinking about what was and what could have been. And we spend much time projecting into the future and wondering about what may happen.

This way of thinking is indeed a great way to make much of your life a lot more miserable and limited than necessary. The key to solving this problem is of course to live as much as you can in the only moment that you ever really live in and control. This moment right now. The moment that is all there ever was and - probably - will be.

Please know coming here is a wonderful and courageous step. You are voicing your fears so you know what they are.

Take care and hugs to you,

Kitt


 

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Boon
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   Posted 10/6/2009 10:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm not sure if the "scarey me" is from me or not Robert but I do remember your post. We all have a scare voice. Dr. Liebgold calls it the "Boo". You can call it what you want. Learn to recognize your Boo voice. There are many exercises in his book, Freedom from Fear, and one of them is to ultimately dismiss this Boo voice. Instead of talking back to it and haggling with it, stop that, and just dismiss it -without emotion. That is your goal. It takes practice to do this so be patient with yourself. It's easy to recognize this Boo voice. When you feel badly, scared, anxious, you feel any adrenalin, negative, scaring yourself, depressed, not encouraged, judging, etc. that's the Boo. Bring your attention back to your breath. Just notice yourself breathing normally in and out, in and out. Then focus on what you are doing in the present moment. When the Boo takes you away into thought, just recognize that it's the Boo (do not judge it) and bring yourself to your breath and to what you are doing in the present moment. Do this each and every time.
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