Can the experiences of anxiety, and worry be the result of prolonged over breathing? A common term for over breathing is hyperventilation, but could you be hyperventilating when you don't even know it? The answer is yes, when we take shallow breaths from the top of our chest and constantly breath from our mouths at a rate of 12 to 17 breaths a minute, a form of chronic hyperventilation can take place and if this happens we can find ourselves feeling more anxious, irritable, apprehensive and quite fearful. When our rate of breathing is too high and when we breath too fast, the carbon dioxide is reduced in our blood to below it's optimum levels.
Carbon dioxide is a vital gas that is produced by the body's energy source which is metabolism, the ability of your body to properly maintain a normal Ph level (balance between acidic and alkaline that regulates the body's chemical reactions) depends on the maintaining of an adequate supply of Carbon dioxide. Bad breathing makes it difficult for our red blood cells to release oxygen to cells that are in our brain and body, also causing the arteries to constrict which reduces blood flow throughout the whole body, I hope I got your attention on how important breathing is!
Shallow breathing switches on our fight or flight reflex known as our sympathetic nervous system, this has a great affect on being able to think clearly and the obsessive thoughts we have.