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How to cough up what's not supposed to be there!

When you first stop smoking, you may feel that you have more phlegm and mucus on your chest. This may cause you to feel a bit rattly and as though you need to 'cough something up'... Doesn't sound very nice, I know but this is a good sign.

At the end of the day, you are only coughing up what is not supposed to be there!

1. Stand up with your legs your shoulder width apart.

2. Put you hands on your hips.

3. Take a long, deep breath in through your nose - Very slowly.

4. When you feel like you have taken your fill of air in, take another little bit more.

5. Keeping your hands on your hips, slowly bend over forward. As you do, blow your breath out slowly through your mouth. Making a blowing noise as you do.

6. When you have pushed out that final bit of breath, stand up and give a gentle cough.

Repeat this 3 times.

Because you are not used to all this good clean oxygen, you may feel slightly dizzy - This is just an oxygen rush. However, if you are not used to it, then please have a comfy chair at the ready.

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thanks emjay gonna try that. jillygirl.


Aup Jillygirl, i had a go last night, yeh its good, have you tried that ( 1 )

breathing exercise, i found that really hard to do, cus it says to push your tummy out as you breath in!!!! well, i kept pulling my tummy in!!!! and pushing my chest out!!!!, ha ha, i had a rite job with that one. :o

I hope you are keeping smoke free, and i hope your hubby is ok too, speak soon. :)



Yeah pete I found it hard to do aswell. Like the pat your head and rub your tummy at the same time routine. Yes still smoke free and hubby ok. sorry being a bit late in replying but busy taking care of grandchild. Then when i put the pc on got power cut. Yeah ! I have paid the bill. I think you are doing well helping emjay. Keep up the good work. By the way you know i am selling my house. well we are after a (bungalow).

take care. (like the bike) Jillygirl.


Hahaha!!! That is so fun- the dizzy part I mean ;) Going to do that again tomorrow. Cheers EmJay; it's nice knowing all the nasties are getting out.


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