Stress and Asthma

Stress can have acute negative effects on our health and experts now believe that stress can also provoke the onset of asthma symptoms. In fact, children who are exposed to acute and chronic high levels of stress can be three times as likely to have an increased risk of an asthma attack in the two weeks following the acute event.

Learning how to manage stress is crucial to reducing the risk of asthma attacks in adults and children.

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Did you know?

During periods of high stress, people may have a more difficult time taking medications appropriately.

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If your breathing is compromised due to asthma, the impact of stress can increase the risk of triggering additional symptoms. Fortunately, there are many practical solutions and tips for reducing recurring stress in your life.

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Managing Stress

The first step is recognizing your stressors and finding effective ways of reducing your exposure to them in your everyday life. For example, relaxation techniques can successfully relieve physical and emotional stress and tension, and deep-breathing exercises can help with overall management of asthma. Talk to your doctor to find out what works best for you.

Tips for Managing Stress Triggers

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Get enough sleep

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Eat a balanced diet

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Exercise regularly, as discussed with your doctor

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