Pursed lip breathing is a simple breathing technique to help control shortness of breath. It works by slowing your breathing pace, allowing each breath to work more effectively.

How does this technique work?

  • Get in a comfortable sitting position and relax your neck and shoulder muscles
  • Breathe in through your nose
  • Purse your lips as if you were about to blow out a candle or whistle
  • Breathe out slowly through your pursed lips
  • Repeat until breathing returns to normal

Remember to breathe out gently and to breathe out for longer than you breathe in.

Practice this technique a few times each day to get the hang of it. Use pursed lip breathing during strenuous activities or whenever you start to feel short of breath.