Work on breathing.
Stress can wreak havoc on our bodies, and that includes our respiratory system. Deep breathing is beneficial for stress reduction, and diaphragmatic breathing and pursed-lip breathing can help increase lung capacity, especially after recovering from a respiratory infection like COVID-19 or something more chronic.
"With a focus on being intentional with our breathing—inhaling and exhaling for a count of four, or belly breathing—you regain a sense of peace and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety," says Kelley Green, meditation instructor and mindset coach. "In stressful situations we sometimes forget to breathe." Here are five different types of breathing exercises to try to help calm your nervous system and exercise your lungs.