Pursed lip breathing
Pursed lip breathing helps you use less energy to breathe. It can help you relax. When you are short of breath, it helps you slow the pace of your breathing and can help you feel less short of breath.
Use pursed lip breathing when you do things that make you short of breath:
You can practice pursed lip breathing anytime. Try to practice 4 or 5 times a day when:
Relax the muscles in your neck and shoulders. Sit in a comfortable chair with your feet on the floor.
Do these steps in this order:
Exhale normally. Do not force the air out. Do not hold your breath when you are doing pursed lip breathing. Repeat these steps until your breathing slows.