Asthma, anxiety and stress each have similar symptoms; a heightened heart-rate, high blood-pressure, a tight chest and panting, heavy breathing (or over-breathing). Hidden, this over-breathing with the mouth is characterised by continual sighing, sniffing, yawning as well as large gasps during talking.
In my experience, an adult with asthma will almost always have had a history of stress-related symptoms with an asthma attack usually coming on after a stressful period. These stressful periods could have been a time when a partner is away and meal-times have become irregular, a change of job or even an unexpected period of hot weather for example.
– Each of these stressors had been enough to elevate heart-rate, blood-pressure and breathing volume therefore bringing on an asthma attack.
To reduce the likelihood of an asthma attack and assess how stressed you may be (even unconsciously), firstly use Key exercises 1 and 2. To then reduce the stress on your mind and body practise the Long Exhale Count exercise. Easy to do on the plane, bus or in the hotel the effects are felt within minutes.