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Asthma and Stress

Sorry I haven't been on in a while. I have been under a lot of stress lately that has caused my asthma to flare up. I was doing fine for a while with the dulera and the singulair, But lately I have been using my rescue inhaler around the clock, every 4 hours. Good thing i got a doctor's appointment coming.up

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  • K8sMom2002

    Emilee, and you are always welcome to "de-stress" here!  I'm glad you're going to talk all this over with your doctor and see what can be done so that you're not having to rely on your rescue inhaler so much. 

    Strong emotions often have a negative effect on asthma — i. 

    What techniques work for you to reduce the stress? How can we help?

  • Emilee R Ashline

    I like taking walks but sometimes that makes my asthma flare up. I usually listen to music, put on a movie or read a good book while telling myself to breathe and calm down. All I really need is some support and good advice. 

  • K8sMom2002

    You know, sometimes when I need outdoors but my lungs can't hack it, I look up travel photos online. I just google something like "exotic travel locations" and choose the "images." 

    I love to read and listen to music. 

    Do you have someone in your life who is a go-to source for advice and support? Everybody needs somebody!

  • Emilee R Ashline

    Reading is.my favorite. I am currently reading Jodi Picoult's new book called "Small Great Things." That's a good idea but then I let my mind wander and it won't come back for a while due to ADHD. I usually go visit my neighbor who is like my second mother and visit with her go a while

  • K8sMom2002

    Oooh, I love writing like Picoult's — haven't read that one, so don't spoil it for me!

    One thing I've done to help me concentrate when my mine wanders is to set a timer for just ten minutes. For some reason, telling myself that I'm going to bear down and concentrate for a short period of time lets me off the hook — it's like I'm giving myself permission to goof off after the ten minutes so my brain engages better during the ten minutes. 

    I'm glad you have a neighbor who cares about you and that you can visit.

  • Emilee R Ashline

    I also have an app on my phone called 30/30. You work for 30 minutes and then take a break for 30 minutes and it goes on and on…but it helps.me get stuff done. Usually when I am busy, I am less stressed because my.mind is occupied

  • Emilee R Ashline

    You should. It helps with my ADHD as well. I just barely got put on Vyvanse for it and I am utilizing every app from 30/30 to a daily log app where I can record my thoughts and feelings

  • Jen

    Emilee – I am glad that you have some things that you do for yourself.   I find that making time for those things on a regular basis is important for managing stress.  I have certain things that I do on a regular basis, some of which I write in my daily agenda/appointment book:

    • gym 3x a week
    • girls night once a week
    • pedicure with friends once a month

    Those are the things in my appointment book, but I also try to find some time to just goof off on facebook, read or watch tv.  

     

  • K8sMom2002

    Oooh, Jen, I love the idea of a pedicure with friends! It's a twofer — you get to spend time with pals while doing something that's kind of necessary, and you could do it either at home or at a salon. Love it!

  • Emilee R Ashline

    I have an a couple apps on my phone. One app reminds of stuff I gotta do and when they are due by. The other app is a daily journal where i write down my feelings. Those seem to help

  • Kathy P

    Unfortunately, my main stress reliever is eating! Yikes! A friend of mine relieves stress by cleaning – I've offered to let her come start on my house when she's really stressed out – LOL! But she just never takes me up on it!

    I really need to get on my yoga mat more often. That or doing some Taiji are really effective stress relievers for me. I struggle with motivation and discipline though

    Stress and asthma can be a viscous cycle since stress hormones can trigger asthma and asthma certainly causes stress.

  • Mandy

    My biggest stress reliever is Journaling. I find when I am lax at doing it that's when I start sliding backwards. Also, talking things over with my hubby and sister help. The often help me to see things differently. I like walks, gardening, jewelry making, reading, movies etc too.

    I continue to struggle/juggle life, kids, hubby and self care. I know when my mood fluctuates so does my asthma. So I am trying to be more "on it". 

  • K8sMom2002

    Kathy P, your friend would be able to offload a LOT of stress at my house!  

    Mandy, I've never been a disciplined journal writer, but I've heard it can really help.

    How do you think journaling helps you? Does it give you a safe outlet to express your feelings? Or do you go back and read what you've written to see that, say, your worries were for nothing? Or that you've improved?

    A friend of mine keeps a prayer journal, writing out all her prayers. She says she can flip back and look at all the ways things worked out, and it gives her faith and hope that no matter her situation, it will be okay.

    I will say that sometimes I've gone back and looked at old email exchanges with friends, and I've been amazed at how I have really worried about things that turned out to be no big deal. 

    One thing that helps me deal with stress: being actively grateful. If I can say or write down or even picture a few things each day that I'm grateful for, that will lift my mood and beat back stress.