Do Emotions Impact My Asthma?

July 21, 2020

photo of green plants with the word breathe in frontStrong emotions are part of life. We laugh, we get angry, we fear, we get excited. How we manage these emotions, on the other hand, is up to us.

Strong emotions are well-known triggers of asthma. The emotion itself is not responsible. Instead, it is how your body reacts to emotion as they may cause muscles to tighten up or breathing rates to increase.


These emotions may include:

When feeling these emotions, it is important to be conscious of your breathing, focusing on slow and deep breaths. On top of this, make sure to be in communication with your doctor about treatment options as these feelings are part of life.

Similar to strong emotions, stress and anxiety are known asthma triggers. By properly managing stress it is possible to not only reduce that risk of a stress-induced asthma attack but also improve overall health quality. Below are you will find two stress reduction techniques from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America:

Mindful Breathing

  1. Start by breathing in and out slowly.
  2. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth, letting your breath flow easily.
  3. Try inhaling for 7 seconds, holding your breath for 7 seconds and letting your breath out for 7 seconds.
  4. While focusing on your breathing, try to let go of other thoughts and just be in the moment.
  5. Try doing this for three rounds.


  1. Pick an object from nature that’s around you. This could be a tree, insect or even the clouds or the moon.
  2. Focus on watching it for a minute or two.
  3. Don’t do anything except notice the thing you are looking at.
  4. Look at it as if you are seeing it for the first time.
  5. Just relax into this observation for as long as your focus allows.

For more information on how asthma and emotion are connected as well as how you can stay in control visit the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America website.

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