If you currently experience any unpleasant health anxiety symptoms, you could benefit from using a simple tip that’s recently been discovered, and which is proving highly beneficial to health anxiety sufferers.
It’s based on the very old (and very well-known) trick of breathing into a paper bag to normalize your breathing during a panic attack, or when you’re hyperventilating.
When your breathing is too shallow, and when you hyperventilate, your body becomes over-oxygenated. This can cause many of the symptoms associated with panic attacks, and with health anxiety in particular: headaches, dizziness, numbness and tingling in the hands and feet, and many more.
Breathing into a paper bag during a panic attack, or when you’re hyperventilating, helps to fight off these symptoms by correcting the balance between oxygen and carbon dioxide. By breathing in your own carbon dioxide from inside the paper bag you remove the excess oxygen from your body.
This trick can produce good results for anxiety suffers while they’re experiencing an attack.
But there’s a slightly different way to apply this paper bag idea, and it can produce incredible results in combating the undesirable physical symptoms associated with health anxiety, and with all forms of panic disorder.
It’s the same concept, applied very differently.
Instead of breathing into a paper bag during an attack, or while you’re hyperventilating, you do it a handful of times a day when you’re not having an attack, and when you’re not hyperventilating.
This is a completely different approach to using the paper bag trick. It goes from being “cure” to being “prevention.”
And prevention has to be better than cure, because it means the attack never has to come.
And here’s why this idea can work so well: people who suffer with extreme anxiety are almost always in a state of over-oxygenation. This is because anxiety sufferers’ breathing is always too shallow, which means the oxygen or carbon dioxide levels are never correctly balanced.
If an anxiety sufferer breathes into a paper bag for 30 or 40 seconds, 4 or 5 times throughout the day, their oxygen/carbon dioxide levels will be more balanced than they have ever been before.
The first benefit of this will be far fewer panic attacks, simply because the breathing will be under control, and the oxygen/carbon dioxide levels will be balanced.
But it’s the second benefit that can really make the difference.
Many of the physical and mental sensations experienced as a result of health anxiety are caused because of extremely shallow breathing. These same problems are present in almost all forms of panic and anxiety disorder, and it all comes down to the body being over-oxygenated.
And using the paper bag trick in this new way can go a long way to preventing this physical state from happening, which in turn can cause a massive reduction in the mental and physical symptoms experienced by those with extreme anxiety.
So take 30 or 40 seconds a few times a day to breathe into a paper bag, get that oxygen or carbon dioxide balance back to normal, and see the difference it can make in reducing or even eliminating your health anxiety symptoms, and the symptoms experienced with all forms of anxiety and panic disorder.