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Coping with breathlessness

For many people it is quite common to experience breathlessness at some point in their life. However, it can still be frightening, uncomfortable and feel difficult to manage for both the sufferer and their carers, friends and family.

We hope to give you some tools and simple methods to promote good breathing techniques and help alleviate episodes of breathlessness and anxiety. Please click on the link for our Coping with Breathlessness booklet below which includes information on the following:

  • Positioning
  • Breathing techniques which include using a hand held fan, breathing rectangle, acupressure, plus others
  • Pacing, planning, prioritising
  • Adjustments at home

Please click here to download our Coping with Breathlessness leaflet

Symptom management videos

Using a handheld fan for managing breathlessness

Breathing rectangle for managing breathlessness

Calming hand for managing breathlessness

Stroking the lung channel for managing anxiety and breathlessness

Diaphragmatic breathing for managing breathlessness

Acupressure 

Other Hospice resources for managing breathlessness

Mindful Movement

Worry, stress and anxiety

Further resources

Please note, the links below are directed to third party websites. Although we make every effort to ensure these links are accurate, up to date and relevant, St Nicholas Hospice Care cannot take responsibility for pages maintained by external providers.

British Lung Foundation exercise videos

Breathlessness Intervention Service (BIS)

Coping with Breathlessness during COVID

If you have any questions please contact the Independent Living Team on 01284 702525.