Long COVID | Breathlessness | Managing the Effects
As COVID is primarily a respiratory illness, breathlessness can be very common throughout the acute phase and while recovering. Finding going up and down stairs or just needing to catch your breath when going for a walk, can feel scary and may limit your daily activities.
What can I do to manage breathlessness?
Firstly, it is important to remember that everybody will get breathless when doing exercise which is challenging for us.
- Pace or plan your activities to prevent you needing to rush or do things quickly. Conserving your energy and balancing activity and rest is important.
- Breaking large tasks into smaller, more manageable ones may lighten your load and allow you to spread the activities throughout the week.
- Frequent short rest periods are better than a few longer ones, so plan for rests before, during and after completing tasks. Resting before you become tired is very effective to help conserve your energy.
- Do not overestimate what you are capable of – try short bouts of exercise or tasks first and build gradually.
- Do not stop the things that are making you breathless – just try smaller amounts of
- Read our blog on Breathing Control
- Try wiping a cool wet flannel on your nose and upper cheeks of your face as cooling around the nose can often help reduce the feeling of breathlessness.
- Expect some days will be better than or worse than others. You will not always experience progress in a consistent manner.