To strengthen the diaphragm and lungs be sure you are breathing air down low into the lungs so you feel the stomach rise, not the chest. We breathe all day however I want you to become conscious of your breath. Practise breathing exercises three to four times a day. Build up the exercises slowly especially if asthma or anxiety are severe. Breathe in and out really, really slowly – the less breathing the better.
A Breathe in for four seconds.
Hold your breath for four seconds.
Then breathe out for four seconds.
Do this exercise three times a day for 3-4 days if you found the exercise difficult. If the exercise was simply achieved proceed on.
B Breathe in for five seconds.
Hold your breath for five seconds.
Breathe out for five seconds.
As above, proceed on if easy, or practice for a few days.
C Breathe in for six seconds.
Hold your breath for six seconds.
Breathe out for six seconds.
The breathing exercise remains the same (breathe in for six, hold for six) except on improvement, when we slowly extend the time for the out going breath.
Second breath exercise
Simply focus on the breath out with little shot breaths out. A little like a train.
Activities to help your breathing: wind instrument playing, swimming and singing
*It may seem simple but don’t forget fresh air in your day.