Long COVID

1. Introduction to breathlessness

Lots of people experience breathlessness while living with the lasting effects of COVID-19 – otherwise known as Long COVID. 

In this series of 4 videos, you’ll learn different techniques you can use when you’re feeling breathless as well as information about how breathlessness can affect the way you feel.

It can be useful before you start to think about what you want to achieve from watching these videos. Having a goal gives you something positive to work towards and helps you recognise your progress.  

These answers are just for you. You can enter them here or think about them on your own. After you have completed the questions, we will offer you the chance to email your answers to yourself or print them, so that you have a record. The questions have been designed to help you apply the techniques in your daily life and meet your personal goals. Nothing you put on this form is monitored. 

Setting a long-term goal

Having a goal gives you something positive to work towards and helps you recognise your progress. Talk to your friends and family about them. Set yourself achievable goals and celebrate when you reach your goal!

Think about what you want to get out of this course. This will be your long-term goal.

You can pick your own timescale depending on your goal, but a good place to start is thinking about how you want to feel, what you want to be able to do or what you want to understand in 4 weeks’ time.

For example, “In 4 weeks’ time, I want to be able to manage my breathlessness enough to be able to walk to my friend’s house confidently.”  

Or, “In 6 weeks’ time, I want to be able to understand my breathlessness enough, and how to manage it, to be able to walk to my local supermarket confidently.”

Setting short-term goals 

It’s a good idea to think of some short-term goals that will help you on your way to achieving your long-term goal. By giving yourself smaller, practical and more manageable goals, you should be able to see the progress you are making towards your long-term goal.

For example, if your long-term goal is to be able to know which breathing techniques to use at different points throughout the day, a short-term goal could be to practise using each of the techniques in our videos.

Or you might want to keep a diary logging each time you feel breathless, so you can spot any patterns about what you were doing or how you were feeling at the time. 

It’s important once you’ve completed one short-term goal to pick a new one. That way, you’ll continue to make progress!

Now, think about what short-term goals will help you reach your long-term goal. 

You will need to come back and revisit this once your previous short-term goal has been achieved. 

Now, have a watch of our first video:

Read a transcript of this video in:

In this video
00:01 - Meet Nikki, Respiratory Physiotherapist with experience of long COVID
00:19 - How breathlessness might make you feel
00:42 - The effects of COVID and long COVID

Next: Breathing Control →

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

This information uses the best available medical evidence and was produced with the support of people living with lung conditions. Find out how we produce our information. If you’d like to see our references get in touch.