For many breathing techniques, Claire says pursed lips can help to make your breathing more effective and purposeful.
‘Pursed lips also have a dedicated technique of their own,’ she says. ‘You can do this when sat down or when you’re active.’
- Take a breath in slowly through your nose for two seconds. Keep your mouth closed.
- Purse your lips, as if you were about to whistle or sip through a straw.
- Exhale through your mouth while counting to four.
‘This technique is especially good at slowing the pace of your breath and limiting the distress caused by shortness of breath.
‘Once you’ve mastered this technique, your breathing will be more efficient, helping your body do less work when breathing.’