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Is this anxiety or something else

Hello I quit smoking not long ago becouse it was causing me air hunger I had only been smoking for nearly 3 years and therefore confused as to why I’m already getting this I went to see the doctor becouse I was getting breathless easier and urge to yawn and take deep breaths constantly he listened to my heart and lungs also did oxygen test and said all fine and said it’s the smoking and anxiety that was triggering my air hunger when I would smoke he prescribed me proponalal for my anxiety and iv got abit better I don’t no what it is but it’s like I would get an urge to take a deep breath after I do I would feel normal then about 15 to 20 seconds later the urge to breath in and out as yawn comes back it’s a cycle that doesn’t stop I do deep breathing but I still get the urges when will this stop
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20903377 tn?1605090546
Hello, I have the same problem, here are some advice to cope with it and hopefully eventually get rid of it.

1. Realise that it's psychological, maybe it was something physical at some point, but it isn't anymore. By feeding into it you strenghtened that neuropathway and your brain is fooling you to get that release again and again.
2. Srop giving into it, no matter how strong the urge might feel
3. Ebrace it, rather than fighting it, if you want something to stop really badly, it won't happen-> say to yourself that its ok to have that feeling, it will go away eventually
4. The problem might be worse when you are in stressy situatons or while being tired-> practice calm and steady (shallow) breathing, maybe with some slow exhales (this will undo some potential overbreahting beforehand) and whilest doing that keep in mind that  you are content with the situation and that it is not a big deal.
5. The number of urges around the day will reduce over time and the less you think about it, the better it will become.
6. Avoid stressy situations, for me it were stressfull videogames which led to me giving into the urge unknowingly and therefore deepening the "addiction".
Also smoking had a negative impact on my progress because its a common trigger, since its exactly that neurological connection to the breathing area which is messed up and any disturbence can be a catalyst.
Anyways, I hope this will help you get better and give you back your inner peace!
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