How Breathing effects Anxiety
Each time a person becomes sensitized they've essentially conditioned themselves and mind to react to certain physical and psychological stimuli, with extreme hypersensitivity.
How can you know if you have become sensitized or aren't breathing the right way?
There's a quick test you can do. Lie down on top of your bed and just try to relax as best you can. Please one hand on top of your diaphragm or your navel. Put your other hand in the middle of your chest just beneath your collar bone. Observe which hand is moving the most. Generally if the hand on your navel is going up and down gradually, then you’re breathing OK. If your hand upon your chest area is going up and down then you’re not breathing the right way. This is very important because breathing from your upper chest raises the risk of hyperventilation.
You've probably noticed that when we exercise we breathe quicker to supply our muscles oxygen. This enables us to exert ourselves, to run away from a predicament or perhaps to fight (flight or fight response.) By doing this we are relieving our body of pressure. Our bodies tends to naturally chest breathe whenever we exercise so that we can acquire more oxygen more quickly. However if we over breath all the time (i.e. it becomes a habitual pattern) our oxygen level rises to much, and our carbon dioxide level drops excessively. Maybe you have seen the classic way to overcome this, often taught in medical books, is to breathe into a paper bag. By breathing back in that which you have exhaled (Carbon dioxide Co2), your balancing Oxygen and Co2 within their normal levels. I have to say from my own personal experience it’s much better to help remedy the cause rather than the symptoms.
Does it matter that I don’t breathe properly?
Yes it does. Why?, mainly because it produces many of the unpleasant sensations we become fearful of such as Exhaustion, Visual problems, cramps, shakes, tingling sensations, chest pains, etc. The difficulty with hyperventilation is the symptoms are extremely alarming, and cause more symptoms which in turn cause more over breathing and more symptoms. It’s kind of a downward spiral. To Conclude - Can anxiousness cause breathing difficulties? Yes it certainly can.