Relaxation and Stress Management

You can learn breathing techniques that will make breathing in and out easier and get more air into and out of your lungs with each breath. Using pursed-lip breathing helps to lesson shortness of breath during exercise and daily activities. With practice, you’ll be able to use this technique with everything you do.

Pursed-lip Breathing
Inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth makes breathing easier. It can also help you regain control if you’re having trouble catching your breath.

  1. Relax your neck and shoulder muscles. Inhale slowly through your nose for at least 2 counts.
  2. Pucker your lips as if to blow out a candle. Exhale slowly and gently through your lips for at least twice as long as you inhaled.

You can practice breathing this way anytime, anywhere. Try to practice several times a day. Over time, pursed-lip breathing will feel natural.

Madonna’s specially trained therapists teach these breathing techniques to help people breathe easier and do everyday activities with less shortness of breath.

Madonna’s Pulmonary Program Team of therapists will offer a variety of COPD education topics each month on this site, including:

  • Preventing respiratory infections and flare-ups
  • Staying healthy with good nutrition
  • Energy conservation
  • Exercise safety

Source: Living Well with Chronic Lung Disease: A Guide for Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital
5401 South St.
Lincoln, NE 68506
Phone: (402) 413-3000
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