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Pursed lip breathing

Pursed lip breathing

Overview

How to do pursed lip breathing:

  1. Breath in (inhale) slowly through your nose for 2 counts.
  2. Feel your belly get larger as you breathe in.
  3. Pucker your lips, as if you were going to whistle or blow out a candle.
  4. Breathe out (exhale) slowly through your lips for 4 or more counts.

Exhale normally. Do not force air out. Do not hold your breath when you are doing pursed lip breathing. Repeat these steps until your breathing slows.

Review Date 5/12/2018

Updated by: Laura J. Martin, MD, MPH, ABIM Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Atlanta, GA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.