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Is Your Breathing Giving You Tension? [Quiz]

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Difficulty breathing can be very stressful, and stress can lead to more difficulty breathing. It’s a cycle that does not benefit the body. Initial trouble breathing might come as a result of triggering our body’s fight or flight response, which accelerates heart rate and quickens breath. Can breathing give you tension? Take the quiz.

Stress and Breathing

If your body is always in fight or flight response mode, shallow breathing might become a habit. Shallow breathing is when the minimal breath is drawn into the lungs. And your body is not fully absorbing oxygen.

This, in turn, activates the sympathetic nervous system, which is in direct correlation with anxiety, panic attacks, and stress. As it worsens, other physical symptoms of stress and tension occur in the body from shallow or dysfunctional breathing.

Causes and Treatment of Shallow Breathing

While shallow breathing can onset symptoms itself, its causes may be entirely separate. Shallow breathing that causes tension in the body may be attributed to infection of the lungs, chronic conditions like asthma or COPD, anxiety disorders, and more.

Depending on the cause, treatment for shallow breathing may vary. Antibiotics, oxygen therapy, and breathing machines may all be used. Another approach would be to practice other techniques and exercises for breathing, such as rhythmic breathing, breathing mindfully, and simply practicing full breaths through the nose and diaphragm. 

A Note from GR8NESS

If you feel that you may be experiencing shallow or dysfunctional breathing, consider consulting with a physician. If symptoms worsen, do not hesitate to seek emergency assistance.

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Amanda is a GR8NESS contributing writer who lives in celebration of self care, and endeavors to approach all things with a student mentality. Her love for the study of self-development is rooted in fitness, holistic wellness, and skin care. She is an advocate for mental health; and hopes to connect others to their own way of daring to care.
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