7. Avoid Stress
When people are under stress, their breathing often becomes rapid and shallow. This causes constriction of the airways and can lead to an asthma attack. In addition, stress can weaken your immune system, making you more vulnerable to asthma attacks and infections
To keep yourself free from stress:
- Practice deep breathing exercises to calm yourself during a stressful situation.
- Get regular exercise or use meditation and yoga to ease stress. You can also take up a hobby to help calm your mind.
- Adopt a regular sleep schedule as lack of sleep can contribute to stress.
- Avoid stressors by improving time management and organizing things properly.
- Ask for help when you cannot manage stress on your own.
- Make time to have fun with your family and friends.
8. Exercise Wisely
Many people suffer from exercise-induced asthma, which is asthma triggered by vigorous or prolonged exercise or physical exertion. However, you must not treat exercise as a trigger to be avoided. Physical activity is important, even for people with asthma. In fact, regular exercise can strengthen your heart and lungs, which helps reduce asthma symptoms.
- Try yoga, gentle biking, moderate-to-brisk walking, weight-training workouts, and sports like golf, baseball, swimming, gymnastics, tennis and other racquet sports that involve short and intermittent periods of exertion.
- Reduce the risk for exercise-induced asthma attacks by working out inside on very cold or very warm days. If you are exercising outside, wear a mask or scarf over your mouth.
- While exercising, make sure you breathe through your nose instead of your mouth.
- Before doing any exercise, start with a warm-up period.
- Consult your doctor before taking part in any physical activity or sport.