Figured out my breathing "problem"

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   Posted 6/28/2007 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
When I expand my Chest Muscles to Sigh,Yawn or take in a deep breath,and can't fully expand to my liking I keep doing it until I become Anxious,Panicky and so exhausted I have to sleep to forget about it.I have been performing this "ritual" for 12 Years and 4 Month's!Before Anxiety I never thought about breathing.The reason I can't expand is my Chest Muscles are over tense from repeatedly trying to expand,but also I feel it has to do with all the losses,hurt,pain and grief I've experienced since age 21.What I need to do now is learn how to stop the "ritual" or "habit".By not being able to fully expand my Chest Muscles I am afraid of taking natural deep Breaths,sighs and Yawns.The last 30 or so Minutes I've been breathing slowly from my Tummy and trying to hold off from sighing,yawning or taking a deep breath.I'm fine as long as I don't do it and keep doing it.

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   Posted 6/28/2007 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   


Kudos to you. You are on the right track and I am proud of you.

You have worked out the problem and found the solution, just keep on doing what your doing.

It is working.  (((((((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))))

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   Posted 6/28/2007 10:04 PM (GMT -6)   

I do the exact same thing and then wonder why my back hurts, I feel dizzy, etc... it's amazing what we can do to ourselves! Tummy breathing is awesome - re-train yourself and it will become 2nd nature. I will be doing it right along with you :)
:) Liz
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   Posted 6/28/2007 10:36 PM (GMT -6)   


When I fight with breathing my Lungs feel weird and sore then I start obsessing what's wrong with them!I wish I could stop this ritualistic behavior and breathe naturally.I breathe perfectly fine while asleep,so don't know why I can't while awake.I'm aware that's why!


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   Posted 6/28/2007 10:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Kitt, if I can breathe from Tummy without sighing,yawning and taking deep breath's.I wouldn't mind taking them IF they were natural..

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