Day to day COPD tips

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Staying social and active
You may have times when you feel down, unfortunately this can actually lead to worsening symptoms¹. Talking with others or joining a support group to discuss how you feel may help². The benefits of maintaining an active social life are more than just emotional. Keeping up with family and friends can also help stave off physical decline³.

 

Diet, exercise and nutrition
Maintaining a healthy diet is important for everyone but it is especially important if you have COPD. Not only can a poor diet make your symptoms worse but it can also affect your ability to exercise. The right mix of nutrients in your diet can help you breathe easier, a fact that most people with COPD are surprised to hear⁴.

 

Improving air quality
It's important to know the quality of the air that you breathe. Seasonal changes can prove problematic but there are a few things you can do to improve indoor quality, such as changing air filters, using natural cleaners, keeping pets off beds and ensuring that windows are properly sealed⁵. Deciding where to live can be a tough decision but think seriously about whether a change in location could improve your condition too⁶.

 

Monitor your COPD
There are four stages of COPD, each characterized by different symptoms and increasing severity⁷. By monitoring and managing your symptoms in a proactive manner it is possible to relieve them and improve your overall quality of life⁸.

References

1. American Lung Association. Instructions for COPD MANAGEMENT PLAN.
Available at: http://www.lung.org/lung-disease/copd/living-with-copd/ala-copd-management-plan.pdf 
Accessed on 15 May 2015.

2. Healthline. Overcoming Depression with COPD.
http://www.healthline.com/health/copd/depression
Accessed on 4 August 2015.

3. Bettersleepandbreathing.com. How staying social can boost lung function.
http://www.bettersleepandbreathing.com/post/94161919126/how-staying-social-can-boost-lung-function-by 
Accessed on 15 May 2015.

4. COPD Foundation. Slim Skinny Reference Guide®.
Nutrition Tips for Someone with COPD.

5. Bettersleepandbreathing.com. Improve Indoor Air Quality for Easier Breathing.
http://www.bettersleepandbreathing.com/post/94445375411/improve-indoor-air-quality-for-easier-breathing 
Accessed on 15 May 2015.

6. Bettersleepandbreathing.com. Will Living Somewhere Else Help Manage Your COPD?
http://www.bettersleepandbreathing.com/post/93827263137/will-living-somewhere-else-help-manage-your-copd 
Accessed on 15 May 2015.

7. Global initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD). Pocket Guide 2010.

8. Web MD. COPD Treatments: Improving Your Quality of Life.
http://www.webmd.com/lung/copd/copd-treatments-improving-your-quality-of-life
Accessed on 4 August 2015.

 

For informational purposes only, not to replace physician's directions.