Instructed what can you do to manage shortness of breath (SOB) do things in ways that use less energy sit down when doing chores and getting dressed. Rest as much as you need to. Avoid heavy lifting. Carry things at your waist or hold them close to your chest. Use a backpack to carry things and only fill bags half-way. Keep your phone close by and stop to catch your breath when you are having a conversation. A standing or sitting position may be more comfortable during sexual activity with your partner.