Winter is the coldest time of the year, and also the time when viruses and bacteria thrive. Viral infections such as the flu are common during the winter months, and even if you pay more attention to your health, the vicious infection can still get to you.
It starts with a simple scratch in the throat, then continues with pain in the sinuses and general malaise. You’ve probably had one, so you know how harmful it is.
However, there’s no more dreaded symptom of a cold or the flu than a stuffy nose. No matter what you do or how hard you blow your nose, the sinuses seem to be blocked for good. You can’t breathe, you need to have a tissue by your side all the time, and don’t even get us started about the painful friction and the red nose afterwards. However, if you’re suffering from this unpleasant problem, we got the answer for you right here.
Today we’re going to present a simple breathing exercise that works for most people going through a cold or suffering from the flu. The method will expel all the phlegm in your nasal passages, and will only take 2 minutes of your time. It doesn’t require any special equipment, not even a Neti pot. If you’ve tried anything else and your nose is still stuffed, this method may help. We suggest consulting a doctor first, however, as your stuffed nose may be an indication of a bigger problem, although it’s most likely a cold.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Close your nostrils with your fingers by pinching them and hold your breath, then start walking faster than the usual;
- If you can’t hold your breath for long, you can take a breath or two – just hold it until you feel the need to breath;
- Now, sit down on a chair with your back straight and your chest up and shoulders back;
- Close your mouth and start breathing through your nose – you need to take small breaths instead of inhaling deep. Exhale deeply and relax all your muscles;
- Continue taking small breaths through your nose, and exhale deep. Focus on relaxing your shoulders and back for a couple of minutes. The exercise aims to open up your nasal passages as your body is trying to grasp for air;
- At the same time, your nasal passages will start clearing. Even if you feel better during the day, we strongly urge you to breathe through your nose.