Breathing exercises can help strengthen the lungs and may be beneficial for reducing the impact of COVID-19 before, during, and after the disease.

These breathing exercises may help mitigate the symptoms affecting your respiratory system. They are also helpful to calm your nerves while amidst the second wave of the pandemic.

1. Diaphragmatic breathing

Diaphragmatic breathing, or “belly breathing,” engages the diaphragm, which is supposed to do most of the heavy lifting when it comes to breathing. The technique best used when feeling rested. Here’s how you practice the diaphragmatic breathing technique:

  1. Relax your shoulders and sit comfortably.
  2. Place one hand on your belly and one hand on your chest.
  3. Inhale through your nose feeling your stomach expand.
  4. Breathe out through pursed lips while pressing on your abdomen in.
  5. Repeat 10-15 times.