Managing shortness of breath

Shortness of breath can be caused by a variety of reasons such as stress, anxiety, increased physical, emotional and mental demands and pressures, as well as respiratory health conditions.

If your shortness of breath persists or worsens, seek medical attention.


The Road to Wellbeing – a tool for managing the stress of everyday life, is a free audio CD available from Dudley Council, (contains relaxation methods and a breathing technique). To obtain a copy of the CD please contact The Healthy Ageing team on 01384 816437 or email on