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04 May 2008 @ 02:19 am

Yeah, I need to relearn how to breathe. I think I've been a shallow breather all my life. Probably part of why I'm so quiet too. I just talk from my chest. I never give my diaphragm any exercise, so it's no wonder I have difficulties when I do have to use it when performing and such. I'm always out of breath. I've been having pain in my chest too, which I'm thinking may be caused by taking a short, gasping breath when I feel like I'm not getting enough air. I think the anxiety is a contributing factor, but it's probably also just bad breathing habits.

Interestingly enough, as I'm posting this right now I can breathe just fine. There's no tightness in my chest or anything. Not sure that I'm doing anything different. I've been just sitting here before and still have had problems. It's weird how it comes and goes.
Lynnsey: longevitylynn82md on May 4th, 2008 09:08 am (UTC)
I'm the same way. I think I breathed the way I have because I had a major case of bronchitis that turned into pneumonia when I was fourteen. Of course, it also doesn't helped me to have three other cases of bronchitis...including the case I had in November that was almost as bad as the case I had when I was fourteen.

Twice, I have been tested for asthma. While both times came up as being negative, the doctor told me I'm in the process of developing a mild case of asthma the last time I was teseted (three years ago when I had a major anxiety attack that put in me in the ER...except I didn't know it was anxiety). Have you ever had a really bad case of bronchitis or/and pneumonia that could've changed the way you breathed?

One thing that I have learned since I had that major anxiety attack is that one should always breath through their nose deeply. I was breathing through my mouth, and I learn that makes the anxiety and panic attacks worse.

I also breath through my chest when I act, talk, and sing. I know I am suppose to breath through my diaphram...but I can't tell when I'm doing that. I can't feel it. However, I think the reason why I breath so much through my chest is that I had to do that when I danced. Since I'm more experienced in dance than I am compare to acting and singing, that could be an explanation of why I'm so use to breathing through my chest rather than the diaphram. Did you ever played a sport extensively or danced for a long time? That could be the reason becuse you get so use to breathing in a particular way.

however, I like the idea that Yoga could teach one how to regulate their breathing. I always want to try it because my step-great grandfather did that up all the way until he was a hundred (he couldn't do it anymore after that because he had a heart attack...he died when he was 101.)
Marianneresplendentposy on May 14th, 2008 07:41 am (UTC)
I don't think I've ever had anything that might've changed the way I breathe. It's probably just a habit I've gotten used to. I notice I tend to tense up more when I'm performing, so that might make it harder to breathe regular, deep breaths. I might get into the fight-or-flight, "just get me through this moment" mode.
Draco: Psychologydracowayfarer on May 4th, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
The first technique that I teach clients in the biofeedback program I work for is proper (deep, slow) breathing.

Not only does it help to better oxygenate your blood, it also deactivates your sympathetic nervous system when it's trying to shift your body into the high-stress "fight-or-flight" mode.

That website seems to do a good job of explaining it. :)