As deadlines, chores, and everyday life activities pile up you may start to feel your airways become inflamed, and breathing becoming more difficult. All the early signs of an asthma attack are present, but there are no visible triggers nearby. Stress, like dust mites, pollen or smoke, can be a common asthma trigger in some people.
Unlike other triggers, stress cannot be avoided and will be present in your daily life. That’s why it is necessary to learn how to effectively manage it.
Four tips to manage stress:
1. Identify the major stressors in your life and try to come up with a plan to reduce them. For instance, if one of your stressors is a busy schedule or too many deadlines, practice effective time management skills, create to-do lists or delegate tasks.
- Sneak relaxation exercises throughout your busy day such as deep breathing, focused imagery or guided meditation exercises.
- Schedule a daily 5 – 10 min walk to quiet your mind. It could be before or after work, during your lunch break or even between tasks. Think of them as a reward for successfully accomplishing a task or as a mind cleanse to prepare yourself for the upcoming day.
- Go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day, even during the weekend. Sleeping seven to eight hours every night will help you manage and control daily stress. Sleep deprivation can make you edgy and less tolerant to daily challenges.
Remember, stress is unavoidable but can be controlled. If you are experiencing asthma symptoms due to stress or other triggers, you may want to consider a research study as an option. If qualified, you may receive study-related care and medication by board-certified physicians, a better understanding of your condition and compensation for time and travel.
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