How do I stop thinking of my breathing? I already know I suffer from anxiety, but I have been able to handle the symptoms for 45 years. I have OCD where I am conscious of my swallowing and can't swallow if I see someone fat or anything negative otherwise I think I will look like that. Stupid, I know! But I have been able to live with it, and it hasn't been debilitating at all. Unfortunately, Sunday night, I became fixated on my breathing and now I can't stop being consciously aware of it! I'm not trying to control it nor am I afraid I'm going to die or have a heart attack. I am just aware of every breath I take AND the thing that really sucks is I can't sleep because of it.
I could honestly live with having this during the day as long as I got a normal night's sleep. I just want to sleep like normal and stop thinking of my dumb breathing! I had this about 2 years ago, and I called my insurance's mental health hotline. That day was the happiest of my life because the nurse who spoke with me said taking deep breaths is actually good for you and that people who practice yoga do it all the time. At that instant, I was cured! Breathing didn't come into my mind. It's like she reassured me that breathing was good and it would happen on its own. All I need is reassurance, I think. It's the fearing I'm going to have this forever and never being able to sleep that's the worst part. I definitely do not want to go on medication because meds mess you up. If anything, I would take lithium to balance out the chemicals in my brain. I just want to be able to handle this holistically and naturally. Any suggestions? I really appreciate your help.