Breathing difficulties are actually the root cause of the most common physical anxiety symptoms.
Breathing difficulties can be in the form of:
When we have breathing difficulties, we lower the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) that’s normally in our blood. Although it often feels like we can’t get enough air, we’re actually getting too much. This is referred to as hyperventilation.
Hyperventilation is what leads to the wide range of symptoms, including:
Cultivating the habit of belly breathing is a way to help correct our breathing and lessen these symptoms.
When we belly breathe, our stomach rises when we breathe in, rather than our chest. This might feel odd at first, but the more you do it, the more natural it'll feel.
We can use regular breathing techniques to help speed up the process of improving our breathing. Here are nine techniques you can try – experiment and see which works best for you.
Anxiety often triggers hyperventilation, which is rapid and shallow breathing. Hyperventilation can lead to a decrease in the carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the blood. This drop in CO2 levels can result in symptoms such as light-headedness, dizziness, and tingling sensations. It can also lead to a feeling of breathlessness or the sensation of not getting enough air.
Breathing exercises are a popular way to address this for many reasons: