Post by skate4life on Sept 20, 2019 18:00:15 GMT -5
TV moment news blurb re anxiety for kids starting college and the deep breath cycle. Said to count backwards not forward during exhalation phase. So I tried it. I inhaled slowly for two seconds and the with PLB and focus on pulling upper abdomen in toward spine, mentally I counted from five down to zero. The brain sure does work in strange ways - maybe it was the distraction but it was amazing how the exhalation phase was much easier, slower and I had better control. Been doing it for several days now when I start to do rapid shallow breathing. As Spike says, only time will tell but it sure gives me a much different (positive) feeling.
Skate, I used the Purse lip breathing and inhalation technique when I get majorly out of breath.
It is one of the few things that works for me to change from quick shallow breathing to longer deeper breathing. It controls the SOB feeling, slows the heart rate, allows the breathing to deeper and come more under control. I usually count on inhale for count of 2, exhale for a count of 4-6.