By being focused on the way you breathe, you can improve your health in general. According to Dr Mark Courtney, a respiratory therapist with the American Lung Association's Lung HelpLine, many patients tend to overthink breathing. We should, however, remember that our bodies are built and designed to breathe, and will adapt to circumstances.

"There are receptors in our body that constantly monitor the blood's oxygen and pH levels. It automatically sends signals to our brain to tell us how often and how deeply to breathe," he says.

When you feel short of breath, stop what you are doing and relax your shoulders and neck. Inhale deeply through your nose and exhale through pursed lips. Also pay attention to the air quality in your surroundings to avoid triggers, whether it’s smoke, dust, pollen, pet dander or chemicals.