Stress induced asthma is real and can be triggered by emotional stress and tension like depression, anxiety or panic.
While an asthma attack can be provoked by such things as pollen, dust, temperature, having a cold or the flu or even exercise, you can also have an attack when you are feeling stressed and tense!
The more upset you become, the more likely you are to provoke an asthma attack.
Key to preventing an asthma attack caused by stress is to use good stress management and relaxation techniques…
How are Stress and Asthma Related?
When you feel threatened, your Sympathetic Nervous System responds rapidly to mobilize your body’s defense mechanism. This increases your heart rate, blood pressure, pupil dilation, perspiration, cardiac blood flow, and your breathing becomes faster.
Your body produces adrenaline, and this stimulates your heart and other organs to help defend your body.
Your Emotions and Asthma
Emotional arousal and psychological stress increase breathing rate and breathing irregularity.
You can have an asthma attack when you feel guilt, anger or when you have an emotional crisis like losing a loved one.
In the early 1900’s physicians believed that asthma was a psychosomatic illness. They believed that asthma was in the mind.
Some people believe that their first asthma attack occurred during an emotional life event, such as a death in the family and the process of mourning.
What Causes Asthma?
Daily stressful life events and asthma symptoms are definitely connected. Many people report feeling emotional stress, just before having an attack.
Stress factors are important to consider, but they do not necessarily cause asthma.
A person’s reaction to stressors depends on their attitudes and how they perceive and react to the situation. If a person believes they are not in control of the situation it might provoke feelings of anxiety and panic, which could result in stress induced asthma.
For many, the triggers that set off an asthma attack are different:
- Allergies to weeds or flowers
- Animals or pets
- Anxiety or stress
While stress induced asthma can be a factor, there are other contributing factors to asthma attacks. While asthma can be debilitating, it does not have to be. Nor do you have to stay on asthma medicine for the rest of your life, risking the physical illnesses that result from the medication’s side effects.
Fortunately, there are natural approaches that have worked for many people. The best way to approach curing yourself from asthma is to use a good asthma hypnosis program , combined with a sound stress management program.