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In conjunction with pursed lip breathing and diaphragmatic breathing, use these breathing positions to help you reduce shortness of breath.

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These positions are helpful when you have shortness of breath during activity, emotional excitement, exposure to adverse weather conditions or when you feel tense and need to relax.

Sitting

  • Rest your feet flat on the floor.
  • Lean your chest forward slightly.
  • Rest your elbows on your knees or rest your chin on your hands.
  • Relax your neck and shoulder muscles.

-OR-

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  • Rest your feet flat on the floor.
  • Lean your chest forward slightly.
  • Rest your arms on a table.
  • Rest your head on your forearms or on some pillows.

Standing

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standing 1

  • Stand with your feet shoulder width apart.
  • Lean your hips against a wall.
  • Rest your hands on your thighs.
  • Relax your shoulders, leaning forward slightly and dangling your arms in front of you.

-OR-

  • Rest your elbows or hands on a piece on furniture, just below shoulder height.
  • Relax your neck, resting your head on your forearms.
  • Relax your shoulders.

Sleeping

Lie on your side with a pillow between your legs and your head elevated with pillows. Keep your back straight.

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-OR-

Lie on your back with your head elevated and your knees bent, with a pillow under your knees.

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