Breathing Into A Paper Bag Can Helpful During An Anxiety Attack?


The paper bag technique won’t help an asthma attack and can even make it worse, because you may not get enough oxygen into your body.

Don’t use this breathing technique if you have any heart or lung conditions.

Also, breathing can be more difficult than normal if you’re at a high altitude. Breathing into a paper bag won’t help with elevation changes in breathing.

Only use the bag method if you’re sure you’re having an anxiety attack. Other causes of hyperventilating include an asthma attack, fever, or other illnesses.

You might have other anxiety symptoms like:

  • shortness of breath
  • feeling like you’re choking
  • a pounding or racing heart
  • heart palpitations (feeling your heart is stopping or missing a beat)
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • sweating
  • racing thoughts
  • feeling like you’re losing control
  • thinking you might die
  • aggressiveness