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Lung Disease & Respiratory Health Center

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Techniques to Help You Breathe Easier

Breathing Better continued...

Sit on a chair with your arms folded. Breathe in slowly through your nose. Lean forward and press your arms against your tummy. Cough two to three times through a slightly open mouth. Coughs should be short and sharp. Breathe in slowly. Sniff to prevent mucus from moving back down into your airway.

4. Belly breathing. “It can take your mind off your breathing and make you less anxious,” Veeraraghavan says. The idea is to make your diaphragm muscle -- between your chest and belly at the bottom of your lungs -- work better.

Keep one hand on your chest and the other on your tummy. As you breathe in through the nose your belly should push forward. When you breathe out, gently push your abdomen back to help get the air out. This can be done along with pursed lip breathing.

When Should You Try Breathing Exercises?

“Anytime,” Veeraraghavan says. “They’ll help with routine daily activities like climbing the stairs, bending to tie your shoe laces or picking up objects. “

But don’t do them when you’re having a COPD exacerbation. Call your doctor.

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Reviewed on August 23, 2015

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