This breath technique slows down the pace of breathing by deliberately applying effort to each breath.
This technique can be helpful when combined with exercising to help build up your tolerance.
Pursed lip breathing is also excellent for anyone suffering with lung diseases (such as COPD).
Pursed lip breathing improves gas exchange and increases the release of carbon dioxide. It can help to relieve shortness of breath and ease breathing.
As with many of these breath techniques, pursed lip breathing offers a sense of regaining control over breathing which can help with anxiety and bring a sense of relaxation.
How to use this technique:
Relax your shoulders and neck.
Inhale through your nose, breathing into your abdomen for a count of two.
Purse your lips, like you're whistling or gently blowing on a candle gently.
Exhale slowly and completely through your lips for a count of four.
Once you're comfortable with this technique, experiment with your timings. Try to inhale for three and exhale for six. Inhale for four, exhale for eight.