Stress is an integral part of modern life. The more nervous you are, the harder it becomes to breathe. Stress affects a person’s physical condition, which makes it impossible to control the course of the disease.
Stress and anxiety can cause physiological changes, which in turn provoke asthma attacks. During intense experiences, a huge amount of substances such as histamine and leukotrienes are released. Under their influence, the airways narrow. In addition, worrying, a person may forget about taking asthma medication.
Reactions caused by stress impair the body’s ability to fight colds and respiratory infections. All viral infections are another obvious cause of asthma exacerbations.
Diagnosing asthma is stressful for a person. The person does not know when and where he will have the next attack and what will cause it. Moreover, stress is an inevitable part of modern life. To make asthma less noticeable, it is enough to reduce the level of stress and anxiety in your life. Identify your main causes of concern. Find out what worries you the most:
- financial problems,
- relationship problems,
- lack of social support,
- too busy work schedule or lack of time.
Try to get rid of all such reasons. If you cannot find a solution to these problems yourself, consult a specialist.
To reduce stress, introduce the following rules into your life:
- delegate responsibilities. Stop being a perfectionist and let others take over some of the work. Teach others to do the work and give clear, personalized, time-limited instructions. Learn to accept help with gratitude.
- do not forget about moderate exercise. Exercise is a great way to relieve stress. Moderate exercise can help you feel better and reduce stress.
- sleep at least 8 hours to get a good night’s sleep. Tired people can’t cope with stress.
- learn relaxation exercises. Learn to breathe properly, relax your muscles properly and abstract from negative thoughts. All these simple exercises are great tools for relieving stress.
You also need to be able to deal with stress during asthma attacks. Sometimes, feeling the onset of an attack, a person begins to breathe restlessly. This can turn anxiety into panic. To avoid this, follow these guidelines:
- Always carry your doctor’s prescription in case of an asthma attack, as well as a telephone number where you can quickly call for help.
- Talk to your doctor about your plan for coping with an attack in detail.
- An asthma attack usually stops after 5-10 minutes. If this does not happen after 15 minutes or your condition worsens, seek medical attention.
In asthma, a common cause of stress is fear of asthma attacks. This fear interferes with living a normal life. You cannot live permanently with this fear, it is better to see a doctor. The doctor will help you get rid of this feeling and control the disease. The main rule for asthma is not to be afraid of the diagnosis, but carefully consider your actions. To get rid of fear, study the features of your disease. More knowledge will help to relieve the attack without stress and in a short time.