I'm trying to get back into drumming and singing. They're two of my favourite hobbies, I used to practice all the time and got quite good, but over the last couple of years I've got sloppy at them both from battling severe anxiety and mild depression (which ironically they used to control). One thing I've noticed especially with my anxiety is I get panicky with the whole breathing thing for drums, whether I'm doing it right or if something's going to happen, which means I often hyperventilate or hold my breath, or at least think I do. It's weird because I do know how to breathe deeply from the diaphragm and again used to do this well, but end up losing control over the breath anyway. I've had to stop playing on several occasions from a panic attack or just getting frustrated because it's driving me insane that I can't always play anymore. Anyone have some suggestions? Incidentally this applies for more vigorous exercise in general which I'm trying to get back into.
Before anyone asks I'm in good health, by the way. Been checked a million times over. It's an anxiety thing.
Help improving breathing technique
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