How to Cope With Asthma Anxiety
In this video our new vlogger Jackie Perkovic looks at how living with asthma can trigger anxiety, and some ways to cope.
Watch the video above to hear Jackie’s thoughts and tips, or read the written summary below.
Asthma and anxiety definitely have a complicated relationship. For example, if you are experiencing shortness of breath, it’s going to cause anxiety, and the symptoms of stress, such as hyperventilating, can in turn cause an asthma attack. Yes, it’s a vicious cycle.
I have a lot of trouble with cleaning products, and I start to hold my breath and panic if someone is spraying cleaning chemicals near me, because I immediately fear the worst: a full-blown asthma attack.
Here are some ways to cope with anxiety if you’re an asthmatic like me:
1. Make Sure Your Asthma is Under Control
First, make sure that you’re managing your asthma properly and that you’re taking all asthma medication as prescribed.
2. Stay Healthy
Be sure to get enough sleep and exercise regularly — you could try jogging or swimming.
Eat a well-balanced diet with plenty of vegetables and fruit, and try to avoid all of that sugary, processed food as it can cause your blood sugar levels to go up and down too rapidly.
Try to avoid smoking and drinking, as well.
3. Make Time to Relax
Third, make time for relaxation. Breathing exercises, meditation, and even yoga, can help reduce stress levels.
4. Stay Positive
Positive thoughts and emotions counter the negative effects of stress. You can’t be thankful and stressed at the exact same time!
Focus on the present moment. Don’t spend time worrying about the uncertain future and worrying about bad things that happened in the past. Surround yourself with positive people and positive things that make you happy. You need to keep your mind going in the right direction.
5. Identify Your Stressors
Once you know the things that stress you out, work on resolving them and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Talk to a friend or family member about how you’re feeling. Having support from your loved ones helps tremendously.
You can also seek help from a professional. This might be a financial counselor, psychologist, or a family therapist.
6. Have Fun
And then, make time for fun. Treat yourself to a little enjoyment each day with a hobby, a good book or movie, listening to music or taking a walk in the park — whatever makes you happy.
Taking a step back from life’s responsibilities can help clear your mind and recharge your batteries, so you’ll be better able to attack life’s problems when you return.
7. Don’t Let Asthma and Anxiety Win!
Lastly, don’t let asthma and anxiety keep you from living life to the fullest. You can do this!
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