An adult white woman sick in bed with a glass of juice, tissues, hand sanitizer, her tablet and other comforts. She is pressing a cool wash cloth to her forehead.

Breathing exercises have many benefits, even when you're not sick. They can help you take in more oxygen, give your lungs a workout, and can even calm you down.

One technique to try is pursed lips breathing. Schrank says that this exercise “helps to keep your airway open for a longer period of time."

  • Inhale deeply through your nose with your mouth closed.
  • Then, pucker your lips (like you’re about to blow out a candle) and breathe out slowly.

Another technique is belly (or diaphragmatic) breathing:

  • Place one hand just below your rib cage and the other on your upper chest. Breathe as you would for pursed lips breathing, but focus on the movement of your diaphragm.
  • You should feel your belly push against your lower hand as you breathe in, and fall inward as you breathe out. Keep the hand on your upper chest relatively still.