Why start a diary for asthma relief? Well, recent studies published in the Nutritional Health Review have shown that strong feelings of anger, anxiety and depression may be an important cause of asthma attacks.
Unfortunately, many of the drugs used to successfully control and alleviate asthma cause jittery nerves, mood swings, and insomnia.
Here are two amazingly effective, yet very simple asthma treatments:
Start a Diary
A study conducted by the North Dakota State University found that people with asthma and arthritis can markedly improve their health, simply by setting aside time–20 minutes a day, three to seven days a week, to write about their days, feelings or anything else they wanted.
Of the 70 patients participating in the one-month study, 47% showed definite improvement, as opposed to only 24% who showed improvement without writing.
The researchers concluded that putting your thoughts and observations on paper relieves stress and eases the mind.
Use Imaging Techniques
Children with asthma experience much more successful treatment through mind and body control training, according to numerous recent studies. For example, a very successful technique used by Richard Firshein, D.O., based in New York City, focuses on teaching children not to panic when they realize an asthma attack is approaching.
Children’s thoughts are carefully and calmly guided to focus on images and smells that please them. Some of the most successful imaging includes the warm sun, hot dogs or a favorite pet. At the same time, they are taught to bring their breathing under control.
This helps children feel less helpless and afraid.
Medications are certainly not your only weapons in your fight against asthma. Study after study has repeatedly shown that your mind can actually be one of your most effective weapons. Easing your stress by writing a diary and concentrating on calming images could change your life, for the better.