It’s important to manage anxiety or stress because symptoms of chest tightness or shortness of breath can mimic those of asthma or COVID-19.

Predictability and control can help reduce anxiety and stress. Psychologist Gianine Rosenblum, PhD, explains that scheduling a daily relaxation or stress reduction practice can help you train yourself to cope with stress or anxiety from a calmer and more grounded place.

Practicing daily also helps you bring your body and mind into a calm state and it’s easier to learn coping skills when starting from a calm place. Then you can apply them when under stress.