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A guide to living well with breathlessness

Breathlessness is not something to hide away; keeping active and involved with others will help life be as good as possible. Doctors, nurses and physiotherapists can help people manage their breathlessness.

Although living with breathlessness can be difficult, many people find ways to cope with it and have satisfying lives. Living well with breathlessness comes from a combination of acceptance that your life has changed, adapting your activities and continuing to take part in things.


Download our guide to living well with breathlessness

This guide describes some practical things you can try to help manage your breathlessness day to day, including:

  • Breathing exercises and the ‘handheld fan’ technique
  • Positions to ease breathlessness
  • Managing thoughts about breathlessness
  • Managing your energy levels
  • Exercise
  • Getting support to help manage your breathlessness

Download the guide


Getting support to help manage your breathlessness

See your GP

Seek help from your GP for managing your breathlessness from day to day, not just when you have a crisis.

Pulmonary rehabilitation classes

Pulmonary rehabilitation classes that involve exercises and support to help with breathlessness are available. Ask your GP for more details or if a referral would be helpful.

Support groups

There are a range of locally-run support groups that you can join. Please download the guide to living well with breathlessness for more information.

Support for carers

It can be very hard for people living with and caring for someone with breathlessness. It is very important that people caring for breathless patients take time to look after themselves well and seek support from both friends and family and also from professionals when needed. Please download the guide to living well with breathlessness for details of services that may be of interest to carers.

 

Useful websites for information and support for breathlessness