Shortness of Breath

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Avrielle
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   Posted 3/3/2013 10:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I've continued to struggle with feeling like I can't breathe. It went away for awhile and now the feeling has been back after some stressful situations happened to me.

Now I am so hyperattuned to my breathing that I spend most of the day monitoring it, which does nothing to help with it.

It's starting interrupting my sleep. I'd been doing better re: anxiety and am pretty thrown for a loop that this is happening to me again.

I've spent a lot of the day crying. I taught myself how to do deep breathing exercises but it feels like they only help temporarily and that I would have to constantly do them to get relief. I don't really know how to constantly do them--I try not to focus too much on my breathing so I don't think about it, so I only do a couple at a time. I don't know what to do at this point.

SuperTrophyWife
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   Posted 3/3/2013 10:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I went through the same thing yesterday! It sucks but it is what it is.

My hubby gave me a pep talk yesterday:

Me:every day is a new challenge, today I have to remember to breath! Do I have to do this all day.

Him: yes if today this your challenge then do it!!

That's the spirit, don't be afraid of the symptom. Just learn about. Realize you are not alone. I am deep breathing right now!! I'm just relaxing watching housewives but it is what it is. We will getting over it and be regular one day I promise!!
I am safe.

Avrielle
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   Posted 3/3/2013 11:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much! I really like your positive attitude--right now I have depression on top of the anxiety, so it's really hard to keep the right attitude. But I'm working on it.

Mostly I'm just not sure what this is. It feels like anxiety, but I'm not hyperventilating or anything. (I used to do that a lot, and I'd get spots in my vision.) I just feel short of breath all of the time. Then I get anxious about feeling short of breath. And it goes on and on.

I hope you feel better soon. I also like the housewives shows. They're good distractions. :P

SuperTrophyWife
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   Posted 3/3/2013 11:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Happy I can help. This forum has helped me a lot. Talking about it with others eases the mind a little.

Just keep deep breathing. Also trying looking up on YouTube breathing techniques, there are some great meditative videos with calm voices and pretty sounds.
I am safe.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 3/4/2013 12:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I was thinking along the same lines STW!!

I looked one example up...if you don't like this particular one...you can go to the many other links until you find one that suits you.:)
 
Perhaps if you practice the deep breathing with this music video for awhile, then you can just play the music and it will bring about a calming free breathing effect without focusing on the exercises themselves anymore?  Worth a try.:)
 
S.C.
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"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT

Post Edited (Scaredy Cat) : 3/3/2013 11:15:12 PM (GMT-7)


Avrielle
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   Posted 3/4/2013 11:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you both so much. I will definitely look into that. I've been trying a guided exercise with deep breathing and I think that helps. The idea about the music eventually bringing about a calming effect is great.

I think my problem is actually overbreathing and getting in too much oxygen. I'm going to try slowing the deep breathing so I don't do too much of it and talking to my new therapist on Wednesday, who is a huge improvement on my last one.

The big problem is not worrying about it and causing myself so much anxiety that I can't sleep.

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