A person is said to be hyperventilating when he/she over-breathes; inhales and exhales quickly and shallowly. It could result from panic attacks or anxiety, or certain medical conditions, and could even give rise to these same things. Hyperventilation can be exhausting and really frustrating; persons involved with it often get disturbed and can't do so many things because of their condition.

Do you think you hyperventilate? Keep reading to learn how to put an end to it

1. Hold your breath

A very good way to prevent the dissipation of carbon-dioxide, thereby reducing hyperventilation, is by holding your breath for as long as you can. If you can do this consistently, you will eventually get used to it, and reduce hyperventilation. Breathe in slowly, and hold it in for some seconds; gradually, you can increase the time spent in holding it in.

2. Use a paper bag

To manage the symptoms of hyperventilation, paper bag can be effective. Find a paper bag; ensure it is clean and there is nothing inside that you can inhale coincidentally. This will cause you to reuse carbon-dioxide that would normally be lost. Place the paper bag over your mouth and nose; breath in and out of the bag. However, as effective as this may be, it could be very dangerous, so it is important that your doctor clears you for this technique.

3. Do vigorous exercise

This is yet another effective way to reduce hyperventilation. You can take a brisk walk or jog a little while breathing; this will cause the breathing through your nose to counter hyperventilation. If you are more consistent with your exercise routine, there will be decreased levels of general stress and risk of panic attacks.

4. Get treatments

Panic induced hyperventilation can sometimes be treated by a psychotherapist, who will expose any underlying psychological issues that may be responsible for the panic and anxiety disorders. You can also contact your doctor in an emergency; probably it is your first time experiencing the condition.

5. Relax

Relaxing helps a lot. Whenever you hyperventilate, try as much as you can to cool yourself down; grab a chair to sit or lie on your back somewhere for a while. This will reduce panic and anxiety disorders.

6. Control your breathing

It is not really easy to do this but if you are consistent, you'll observe how effective it will work for you. To do this, lie on your back, and place an object on your stomach. Breathe in and out, slowly, using your stomach. Keep doing it for as long as you can, till you are relaxed.

Published by Oluwatosin Faith Kolawole