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Can't get enough air into your lungs?

Updated: Apr 26, 2019


Ever feel like you are trying to get a deep breath of air into your lungs but you can’t quite get that extra little bit? However, sometimes you may fluke it and that extra little bit seeps into your lungs and it’s the most satisfying feeling ever!?


Well, this is what could be going on:


If you experience a lot of anxiety, stress, or depression you are most likely a shallow breather.

Let me explain. Let’s say someone sneaks up behind you and screams in your ear and you become very stressed (acute stress). You’re going to breathe very rapidly. This rapid breathing will eventually go away when that stress wares off.


However, if you are under chronic stress or anxiety, day after day, your brain is triggering the release of adrenaline and cortisol to make you experience that fight or fight response which is going to make you breathe a little quicker and more shallow than what you should be breathing. And the thing is, you won’t even really notice it because you will be so accustomed to breathing this way.


When you are constantly breathing shallowly you are training your lungs to require the incorrect amount of oxygen. So instead of breathing slow, long, deep breaths from your diaphragm, you are constantly breathing shallow, quick breaths. This is giving the wrong message to your lungs. So when you feel like you can’t get that extra bit of air that you need your lungs are not going to give it to you because it’s so used to breathing shallowly.


Good news! Read below to fix this issue.


When you feel like you can’t get enough air I want you to start concentrating on your breath. You can do this lying down, sitting up (back straight!), or walking. It’s a good idea to put your hand on your belly while you do this.


So what I want you to do is to start to breathe very slowly and deeply. When you breathe I want you to breathe from your diaphragm (not your chest). When you breathe in your belly should expand (not your chest) and when you breathe out your belly should decrease (not your chest).


Do this anywhere from 20 – 50 times. This will only take a few minutes. What you are doing is re-training your lungs to require the correct amount of oxygen. Once you finish this exercise try to breathe and get that extra bit of air that you require and most times you will get it instantly.


You may again start to experience not being able to get that extra bit of air into your lungs. This means that you are feeling too much stress and anxiety. Go back to this breathing exercise over and over again until you finally get your breathing back on track!

Stick with it. It will work wonders!



Always keep in mind...


Step number one in dealing with a mental health issue is reaching out for professional help (Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Therapist, etc.).


The information provided on this website is for educational purposes only.


It is not for diagnosing, prognosticating, treatment or prescribing of mental health conditions. 


For the treatment of any mental health condition or disease, or drug therapy, please consult your physician or other healthcare providers.


If you are experiencing a mental health crisis please call 911 or visit your hospital immediately.


When you’re in a place in your life where you can make positive changes, the techniques Jeremy delivers on this website, in his presentations and in his books may help.


The information provided on this website is for educational purposes only. It is not for diagnosing, prognosticating, treatment or prescribing of mental health conditions. 

For the treatment of any mental health condition or disease, or drug therapy, please consult your physician or other healthcare providers.

 

When you’re in a place in your life where you can make positive changes, the techniques Jeremy delivers on this website and in his presentations and books may help in reducing stress & anxiety.

 

Just like a broken bone can occur due to several reasons, stress and anxiety can occur for many different reasons. Biological issues, imbalances, trauma, and a multitude of different causes are directly related to how stress and anxiety can occur.

 

Jeremy's books, workshops, presentations etc. concentrates on two distinct causes; 1) negative racing thoughts and 2) how we react to particular stressful situations. 

 

This presentation also concentrates on how our thinking can play a role in helping shape our lives in a more positive manner. 

 

When dealing with anxiety or overwhelming stress, the first step should be reaching out for professional help (Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Therapist, Counsellor, etc.). 

If the stress or anxiety that you experience is caused by how you typically react to situations or your negative thought patterns, the information on this website and in Jeremy's presentations/books may help.