Friday, November 16, 2012
Stress causes asthma attacks-who knew?!
I am already starting to feel a little stressed out. Thanksgiving is next week, we need to travel to see family (both sides of the family) I have a busy day at work, and we have a big event my work is sponsoring for 500 people tomorrow. Yikes!!
I was looking on the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) website to see what it says about stress. Did you know that when you are stressed out, your body releases a chemical that makes the muscles around your airways tighten? That can make for some fun times when you're trying to breathe. For those of you who don't have asthma, it's like trying to breathe through a straw while you pinch your nose closed. Try it some time.
I am doing some deep breathing right now. I breathe in slowly through my nose and out slowly through my mouth. I can already feel my shoulders relaxing. Ahhh.
There are a few other things in the AAAAI website. They have some good information about choosing a Christmas tree.
And some interesting information about leaving your pets during the holidays. There's something called the "Thanksgiving Effect." If you leave your pets home while you travel, you can have allergy and asthma problems when you get back. You lose some of the tolerance to your pets that you have built up. Weird, huh? To read more, click here.
Take a deep breath, this is the start to a busy time of year. The last thing you need while traveling and dealing with interesting family members is to have an asthma attack. So deep breathe, meditate, do yoga, whatever relaxes you. I found some great webcams sites of Hawaiian beaches. Wish I was there......