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In times of pandemic like Covid-19, it's vital to wear a mask in public to protect yourself and others from the virus. There are presently no alternatives which would benefit equally like a mask. If you are using cloth mask especially cotton cloth mask then there will be very little chances of breathing problem.
However, here are a few tips that can help you resist breathing problems while wearing a mask-
1. Perform five quality breaths* prior to putting on a mask, immediately after putting it on and when it is removed to prevent being locked into a dysfunctional breathing pattern.
2. Take longer, slower breaths while wearing a mask.
3. If you must wear a mask for an extended period, take regular breathing breaks, removing the mask when safe and practising the five quality breaths protocol above.
4. Conduct Respiratory Muscle Training (RMT)* for five minutes in the morning and five minutes in the evening using a clinically proven device such as The Breather by PN Medical.
*RMT is the method where both inhaling and exhaling are trained under resistance to improve respiratory muscle strength