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3. Techniques for managing breathlessness

Here are a few breathing techniques to help you when you become breathless, including the rectangle breathing technique.

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00:05 Introduction
00:15 Rectangle breathing technique
00:55 Using a wall or object
01:21 Leaning on the back of a chair
01:47 Sitting in a chair: Leaning forward
02:08 Sitting in a chair: Leaning forward at a table

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Last medically reviewed: June 2021. Due for review: June 2022

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