Breathing Control

Breathing Control

Try this method for controlling breathlessness by following the below steps:

Try it first at rest, then try doing it during activities.

  1. Get in a comfortable position
  2. Close your eyes and bring your attention to your breathing
  3. Breathe in and out through your nose (or mouth if you are unable to do this – but work towards trying to breathe through your nose in time).
  4. Put a hand on your stomach and recognise how it rises and falles when you breathe in and out
  5. Try to breathe in for the count of one, PAUSE and then out for the count of two, working towards a longer breath out than in. This will slow your breathing rate down.
  6. Notice areas of tension in your body and try to release this with each breath out.
  7. Gradually try to make your breaths slower and deeper.

A simple method to help you with activities

This is useful during activities that make you breathless e.g. lifting an object (can be used with pursed lip breathing)

  1. Breathe in before you make the effort.
  2. Breathe out whilst making the effort (e.g. as you lift the object).
  3. Always breathe out on the hardest part of the actions

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