Hi, I’m Jackie Perkovic. I’m a new blogger at New Life Outlook and welcome. Today I wanna talk about how living with asthma can trigger anxiety and ways to cope. For me personally, anxiety starts to build right before spring, my allergy season, and I worry that I’ll experience the same horrific asthma episodes all over again. Did you know that stress can also trigger asthma attacks, Just as much as smoke, pets, pollen, dust, or anything else can cause your asthma to flare? Asthma and anxiety definitely have a complicated relationship. Here’s an example: if you are experiencing shortness of breath, it’s going to cause anxiety, and the symptoms of stress, such as hyperventilating, can in turn cause an asthma attack. Yes, it’s a vicious cycle. I know for me personally, I have a lot of trouble with cleaning products. I start to hold my breath and panic if someone is spraying cleaning chemicals near me, because I immediately fear the worst: a full-blown asthma attack. So here are some ways to cope with anxiety if you’re an asthmatic like me. First, make sure that you’re managing your asthma properly and that you’re taking all asthma medication as prescribed. Second, stay healthy. Get adequate amounts of sleep. Exercise regularly. You could try jogging or swimming. Eat a well-balanced diet with plenty of vegetables and fruit. Try not to eat all of that sugary processed food. It can cause your blood sugar levels to go up and down too rapidly. Try to avoid smoking or drinking, as well. Third, make time for relaxation. Breathing exercises, meditation, and even yoga, can help reduce stress levels. Also, stay positive. Positive thoughts and emotions counter the negative effects of stress. For example, you can’t be thankful and stressed at the exact same time. So focus on the present moment. Don’t spend time worrying about the uncertain future and worrying about bad things that happened in the past. Surround yourself with positive people and positive things that make you happy. You need to keep your mind going in the right direction. Next identify your stressors. Once you know the things that stress you out, work on resolving them and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Talk to a friend or family member about how you’re feeling. Having support from your loved ones helps tremendously. You can also seek help from a professional. This might be a financial counselor, psychologist, or a family therapist. And then, make time for fun. Treat yourself to a little enjoyment each day with a hobby, a good book or movie, maybe listen to music or take a walk in the park. Taking a step back from life’s responsibilities can help clear your mind and recharge your battery, so you’ll be better able to attack life’s problems when you return. Lastly, don’t let asthma and anxiety keep you from living your life to the fullest. You can do this. Thanks for watching. Make sure to subscribe to New Life Outlook. And if you know of any other ways to cope with asthma and anxiety, please share in the comments section below. You never know who you might help. Alright, I’ll see you guys next time. Bye!