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Breathing Techniques

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

Why are breathing techniques important?

Breathing techniques help slow your breathing and lower anxiety. These techniques help you breathe in more oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. Breathing techniques also help improve the function of your diaphragm and other muscles used for breathing. Practice breathing techniques at least 4 times per day. Practice them lying down, sitting, and walking.

What is pursed-lip breathing?

Pursed-lip breathing is used to slow down your breathing rate. Breathe in through your nose for 2 seconds. Slowly breathe out through your mouth with your lips pursed for 4 seconds. Breathing out for 4 seconds helps get rid of carbon dioxide. You can also practice this breathing pattern while you bend, lift, climb stairs, or exercise. It slows down your breathing and helps move more air in and out of your lungs.

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What is abdominal breathing?

Abdominal breathing is also called diaphragmatic breathing. This type of breathing helps control your breathing and strengthen your diaphragm. Your diaphragm is the main muscle you use when you breathe. You will be able to do this type of breathing during activities with practice.

What else can I do to breathe more easily?

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