Breathing control

Breathing control is gentle, relaxed breathing used to help breathlessness. You can use it to gain control of your breathing during exercise, daily activities, stress or a lung infection. Start by doing it at rest as outlined below until you can easily do it at any time.

  • Sit in a comfortable, well-supported postion.

  • Keep your upper chest, shoulders and neck relaxed and use your lower chest to breathe.

  • Place one hand on your upper stomach.

  • Breathe in gently and smoothly through your nose. Your hand should rise up and out. Your shoulders and upperchest should not rise.

  • Slowly let the air out (you may want to use pursed lips at first) taking 2 to 3 times longer than breathing in. Your hand should sink down and in. Never force the air out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Page Last Updated: 23/06/2020