How can I get myself to breathe regularly like a normal person?
July 1, 2008 10:03 PM Subscribe
I often find myself tensing muscles in weird ways, generally in my throat/chest/abdomen. It is uncomfortable, and it makes me feel short of breath, but I keep doing it. How do I stop?
I keep tightening up my abs, my chest, and my throat. I exhale until my chest hurts, squeeze up my stomach, swallow a lot or just tighten up my throat, and even make this weird humming noise. I tense up other muscles, too, but those urges don't bother me as much. It is the ones in my abs/chest/throat area that are the most disturbing because they are persistent and bothersome, and they leave me short of breath.
When I notice that I'm doing it, I try to stop, but I can't for long because I have to really concentrate and it takes some degree of will power to overcome the urges. It is exhausting. I also usually don't notice I'm doing these things until I've already started.
I feel like I've forgotten what it is to have a relaxed body and just breathe like normal person. I also can't imagine the extreme exhaling/irregular breathing thing can be good for the heart/lungs.
I've been doing these things for a long while now; I'm not really sure how or when they started. It must have been in the past few years. I've been under a lot of stress, having had to deal with some major losses in my life. Sometimes I wonder if the weird tensing thing is related to that, but I'm not sure, and I don't know how that could help me kick the strange, uncomfortable, stressful habit.
How do I stop doing this to myself?