Posted 1/5/2015 8:09 AM (GMT -6)
Good morning everyone. I have been struggling with the breathing issue for months now. (Interesting isn't it? I've managed to get through four months???) When I am busy or distracted it doesn't exist - the moment I have a nano-second to think it is there, driving me insane. During Christmas I was so occupied that it didn't even occur to me to check my breathing. I do the breathing exercises or deep belly breathing. It is not an uncommon symptom of anxiety/panic. I refuse to let it get to the panic stage. Isn't it odd that when you are sleeping you don't worry about breathing? Of course our bodies KNOW how to breathe - it's all in the head, like every other anxiety symptom I've had. This breathing thing is just ONE MORE SYMPTOM to get through. I wake up in the morning, get out of bed and once I look in the mirror, or realize it's one more day "it" begins. I get the idea that I CAN'T breathe. It is an issue to deal with and overcome, just like all the others, palpitations, jitters, fast pulse, etc., etc., etc. There is a cd that has helped me a lot (at least NO panic attacks for months - only anxiety) it is by Dr. Claire Weekes (who is now deceased). Her voice and what she has to say HELPS tremendously. I also keep her book, Hope and Help for your Nerves, with me all of the time - even at work. There have been many others who have based their books off of her original publishing but hers still seems to make the most sense to me.
Hugs to all - there are millions of us out here dealing with these daily anxiety/panic issues. THANK God for this site - it has been the best of all of them - and believe me, I've tried them. This site has great moderators who PAY ATTENTION and have advice that is usable...not just a pat on the back.