Pursed – lip breathing

pursed-lipsUsing this method, you breathe out for twice as long as you breathe in. You should practice this method several times a day so it becomes natural to you when you are breathless.

  • Breathe in slowly. This should be a normal breath. Inhale through your nose, with your mouth closed. As you inhale, count 1, 2.
  • Purse your lips in a whistling position. This is pursed lips.
  • Breathe out slowly. Exhale for twice as long as you inhaled. As you exhale count 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Relax and keep breathing steady.
  • Repeat these steps until you no longer feel breathless. If you get dizzy, rest for a few breaths and then begin again.