Breathing is a requirement for life. So when I was assigned breathing exercises as part of my physical therapy for Long Covid. I thought these exercises were pointless!
I am currently having a bit of a setback (been overdoing it recently- the constant story). Yesterday my blood pressure was 205/111 not acceptable. My physical therapist had me do breathing exercises and I was able to get it down to 146 a much more acceptable number.
But learning to breathe seems to be one of the single most important things in my recovery (so far). I often struggle with my heart rate going crazy high with minimal exertion. I have found that pursed lip breathing exercises really help! It is truly remarkable to see my heart rate lower when I do Breathing exercises .
Last night my heart was racing and I just meditated and focused on my breathing. I could slowly feel my body start to recover.
On top of relieving physiological symptoms. Deep breathing can reduce stress and anxiety. If you haven’t developed the practice of breathing – I would I highly recommend it. The more I utilize these techniques, the easier and more automatic it is for me to use then when my body is under physical or emotional stress.