The purpose of pursed lip breathing is to help keep your airways open. This helps your airways to remain open. Pursed lip breathing also slows down your breathing rate and calms you down.
Here are the steps for pursed lip breathing:
- Inhale slowly through your nose with your mouth closed; try to take in a normal amount of air.
- Exhale slowly through your mouth with your lips in the whistling or kissing position.
- Breathe out for twice as long as you breathe in.
Do not take in a large deep breath. Never try to force out the air.