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Ever find yourself suffering from shortness of breath? Or struggling to complete household tasks without gasping for air?

Many people with long term health conditions experience difficulty in breathing, and one of the most common symptoms we see is breathlessness.

Happily with St Wilfrid’s Hospice there is a dedicated team who have the expertise to help people manage their symptoms. In this series of videos and podcasts we will demonstrate a range of techniques you can do safely at home while we talk about what it means to breathe well.

Chris Rawson, Living Well Services Manager said, “With many of our patients now spending more time at home these podcasts and videos make it quicker and easier for more people to find much needed tips and guidance to living more independently with their conditions. It is a proud feeling to witness the vast improvement that can be seen in people’s lives with just a few simple techniques and the determination to improve.”

We hope you find this series useful, interesting and reassuring. Our hope is with each episode you will find breathing a little easier, feel a little calmer and be better able to cope with any breathing difficulties you may experience.

If you need a DVD/CD copy sent to you please register your interest by emailing LivingWellDayServices@stwh.co.uk

Our videos

All episodes are available on our YouTube channel.

Episode 1: Lungs, lung health and mechanics of breathing.

St Wilfrid’s Hospice explain how the lungs work and introduce ways to manage breathlessness when it occurs.

Episode 3 – Breathing Control Part 2

Learn a range of practices to train to better cope with the onset of Breathlessness and recover more regular breathing

Episode 5: Muscle Relaxation

This video will take you through the different regions of your body in turn, focusing on tensing and then relaxing the muscles.

Episode 7: Posture and Positioning

In this video we will look at posture and positioning, both of which can impact on your breathing and physical discomfort.

Episode 9: The 3 P’s

The three P’s are – Planning, Prioritising and Pacing… These three things are very important for helping make everyday life easier.


Episode 11: Complementary Therapy – Reflexology

In this video we are going to show you how Reflexology can give you extra tools to help regain control of your breathing again.

Episode 2: Breathing Control Part 1

In this episode we recognize the signs of Breathlessness and hear guidance on managing the effects.

Episode 4: Calming Hand

The ‘Calming Hand’ is to use as a tool to prompt you to focus on your breathing pattern and on relaxing your muscles and mind.


Episode 6: Worry Leaves

In this video we will look at a technique you can try to release those thoughts to give yourself some relief.


Episode 8: Energy Conservation – Equipment

The right equipment can make everyday tasks more manageable. Handy devices can reduce the energy needed to do these tasks.

Ep 10: Chair based Exercise

This video shows an array of exercise you can do seated, to help breathing control, circulation and preservation of strength.

Episode 12: Aromatherapy

This video shows how Aromatherapy can help you with the management of breathlessness.


Our podcasts

Listen to Breathe Well Live Well podcasts by selecting a podcast and pressing play below:

St James’s Place Charitable Foundation

The Breathe Well, Live Well videos and podcasts have been made possible through a grant programme kindly funded by St James’s Place Charitable Foundation and managed by Hospice UK.