Pursed lip breathing
Pursed lip breathing helps an individual breathe slowly, deeply, and more intentionally. It is a simple breathing technique that helps make deep breaths slower and more intentional.
People living with lung conditions such as emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) use this technique to control shortness of breath and ease anxiety.
- Sit on a chair or the floor in a comfortable position.
- Keep the neck and shoulders relaxed.
- With the mouth closed and lips relaxed, inhale slowly through the nostrils for 2 seconds.
- Pucker the lips as if giving a kiss and exhale through the mouth slowly and steadily.