Respiratory problem due to stress, what to do?
Caution : You must consult your doctor for your health. This page presents only a personal and alternative point of view which should not be considered as an attempt to prescribe medicine.
Stress is a phenomenon to which everyone does not respond in the same way. For some it is beneficial, for others it causes breathing problems. What to do in this case?
The enemy of our breathing
Stress is defined as the response of an organism to the pressures it experiences in its environment. Everyone perceives these constraints differently, so each individual will respond in different ways. This is why solutions can be offered to everyone but must be adapted.
This anxiety has several different causes:
- Increased workload: more files, more reports, more meetings are all stressful situations.
- Transition phase in your life or that of a loved one: whether it is the situation of your children, for example moving from high school to college, or yours, for example a move.
- Illness: A period of medical examination has an impact on your mood.
- Separation: leaving your partner involves some changes.
- Death: losing a loved one means sadness but also stress about the future.
This list is not exhaustive since each stressful situation differs for everyone.
How does breathing work?
In order to solve the problem, it seems essential to know how this vital function for human beings takes place.
Respiratory function is used to supply the body with oxygen. Our bodies are made up of cells whose role is to provide the energy needed to function properly.
This action is provided by the diaphragm which is in fact a musculo-tendinous "partition" between the abdominal cavity and the thoracic cavity. This organ is flattened and wide, thus forming an arch. When inhaling, it contracts so that oxygen can reach the lungs. The diaphragm lowers and flattens, the intercostal muscles pushing the sternum forward and raising the rib cage. This has the effect of reducing the pressure inside the chest creating a call for air from the outside and allowing air to enter through the lungs.
Conversely, on exhalation, the diaphragm relaxes so that carbon dioxide, which is produced as "waste", can exit through the lungs. Concretely, the arch-shaped organ and the ribs relax so the rib cage is lowered. Its volume decreases, increasing its internal pressure and retracting the lungs, which pushes air out.
Solutions for better breathing
To stop these respiratory problems you must ultimately reduce your stress. The first solutions that appear to the problem of breathing difficulty due to stress appear in everyday life. Realize that a healthy and balanced diet and regular physical activity have effects on your well-being and therefore your breathing.
Another method of dealing with the problem can be work on the diaphragm. Releasing this organ will make you feel more comfortable, in your body and in your mind. Loris Vitry is a breathing coach who has notably developed the concept of intermittent breathing. In his free video workshop, he will explain to you, through examples and exercises, a method to release his diaphragm, achieve well-being and eliminate stress.
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