A patient of mine once told me that she used this simple mantra to help her remember how to perform the exercise:
Smell the rose; blow out the candle.
The following demonstrates the simple technique of pursed-lip breathing:
- Sit in a comfortable position and relax.
- Slowly take a deep breath in through your nose.
- Draw your lips together as if you were going to whistle and blow out through pursed lips slowly and evenly.
- Try to make the time blowing out longer than when you took a breath in.
- Repeat this procedure several times until your shortness of breath disappears.
- If you feel any dizziness, rest until it stops.
Practicing pursed-lip breathing on a daily basis, 3 to 4 times a day, will allow you to use it effectively during times of need, especially when your shortness of breath worsens.