3. Difficulty breathing is a common symptom of anxiety
Have you ever felt like you can’t get a full breath or like you can’t breathe? It’s an uncomfortable feeling, and one of the common symptoms of anxiety, but luckily we know why it happens. Our bodies regulate how much air to let in and out at a time, but when we’re nervous, we tend to breathe faster and take in more oxygen than we need. When this happens, we need to rebalance our oxygen levels, which we can do by holding our breath or slowing our breathing.
How to help: Make use of breathing exercises to stop hyperventilation and reduce the extent of your anxiety. Breathe slowly in through your nose for 5 or 6 seconds, holding for 3 to 5 seconds, then breathe slowly out through your mouth for 7 seconds. Yoga also teaches breathing techniques that can help you calm yourself down during an anxiety attack.
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