Some of the symptoms that often occur in COVID-19 positive patient are fatigue, persistent cough, fever, loss of sense of taste and smell, and respiratory system complaints such as hard to breathe. Launching from detikHealthOne way to reduce the symptoms of COVID-19 in breathing is by doing simple physical exercises or movements.
However, before doing a series of breathing exercises to relieve and restore it, there are things that must be considered. Make sure that you are not experiencing chest pain or palpitations, are not dizzy, and do not have a high fever and do not feel an irregular heartbeat. If you experience any of the conditions above, it is recommended not to do this breathing exercise.
For relieve shortness of breath in COVID-19 patientsfollowing some breathing exercise techniques that can be donesummarized from Hopkins Medicine. Listen, come on!
Breathe While On Your Back
Illustration of breathing exercises on your back/Photo: Pexels/Nicholas Fu
Diaphragmatic breathing or better known as abdominal breathing plays a role in restoring lung function using the diaphragm. One way to do belly breathing is to start lying on your back.
The first thing to do is lie on your back and bend your knees so the bottoms of your feet are resting on the bed. Place your hands on your stomach or straighten your arms as usual. Close your lips and place your tongue on the roof of your mouth.
Next, inhale through your nose and draw air into your stomach. While doing this, it is recommended that you spread your fingers apart. Exhale slowly through your nose, and repeat the deep breath for one minute.
Breathe When On Your Stomach
Illustration of breathing exercises on stomach/Photo: Pexels/Miriam Alonso
If you want to do stomach breathing exercises, you need to pay attention to some things to avoid. For example, do not do breathing exercises on your stomach after eating, avoid prone on the mattress because it will make your back uncomfortable, and it is not recommended for children under one year of age.
The first step you have to do is lie on your stomach and rest your head on your hands to give yourself room to breathe. Keep your lips closed, and place your tongue on the roof of your mouth. Position yourself to relax, inhale through your nose and draw air into your stomach.
Try to focus on your stomach pushing into the mat as you breathe. Slowly exhale through your nose, then repeat the deep breath for one minute.
Breathe While Sitting
Illustration of breathing exercises while sitting/Photo: Pexels/Marta Wave
How to do this breathing exercise while sitting begins by sitting upright on the edge of the bed or mat, or it can be in a sturdy chair. Then, place your hands around the sides of your stomach. As usual, close your lips and place your tongue on the roof of your mouth.
Start breathing in through your nose and draw air into your stomach where your hands are. You can also spread your fingers to relax. Slowly exhale through your nose and repeat this series of breaths for one minute.
Breathe While Standing
Illustration of breathing exercises while standing/Photo: Pexels/Olia Danilevich
Position yourself in an upright position and place your hands around the sides of your stomach. Make sure your lips are closed and place your tongue on the roof of your mouth. Then, inhale through your nose and inhale into your stomach where your hands are.
To relax, try to spread your fingers apart. Exhale slowly through your nose, repeat for one minute.
Breathing exercises are not only for COVID-19 patients who feel symptoms of shortness of breath, during the recovery period you are advised to do so. The benefit of this exercise is to increase the oxygen that enters the respiratory tract and can help relieve anxiety.
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