Holiday Stress and COPD

December 20th, 2011 | Author: Fabiana Talbot

The holidays are a stressful time for most and can present some challenges to those living with COPD.  Living with COPD can be the source of  anxiety in general — coupled with the pressure of the holidays one can easily feel very overwhelmed.

” 1. Shop Online

One of the best ways that COPD patients can reduce stress this holiday season is by staying away from those crazy crowded malls and doing all their Christmas shopping online. Avoiding crowds can also keep COPD patients healthier, as it reduces the risk of exposure to infection, which in turn

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2. Practice Meditation

Did you know that when you meditate, your heart rate and breathing slow down, your blood pressure stabilizes and you use oxygen more efficiently? What more can the COPD patient ask for? Learn how to meditate to help you stay healthy and reduce stress levels during the busy holiday season.

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3. Learn To Relax

Do the holidays have you so stressed out that you don’t know how to relax? While relaxation may be a foreign concept to many of us, it is essential for maintaining physical and emotional health, as well as being a fantastic stress reliever. Discover ways to relax that you may not have thought of before.

4. Resolve To Exercise

Exercise, the holidays, and COPD should go hand-in-hand. Why? Because an exercise program can help you regain a sense of control over your life and help you manage that dreaded holiday stress. If you want to start an exercise program, don’t wait for the New Year — there is no better time than now to get started.

5. Balance Your Diet

Did you know that your weight and the foods you eat are directly related to the amount of energy you have? That’s why good nutrition is a must, especially during the holidays when stress can drain you of precious energy that is needed for other things, like helping you breathe.

6. Brush Up On Breathing Techniques

Do the holidays have you ‘huffin and puffin’? If shopping for Christmas presents, cooking a holiday turkey or eating a holiday meal leaves you short of breath, then learning how to get the most out of your breathing should be an essential part of your COPD action plan.

7. Share Your Feelings

Nothing is more stressful than feeling overwhelmed and not having anyone with whom to share your feelings. Why not join the COPD Forum and meet some new friends? The COPD Forum is a great place to vent your frustrations and share your feelings in a safe and non-judgmental venue.”

How do YOU reduce stress during the holiday season?? Let us know!

One comment

  1. John Docherty says:

    Today I still see all the preferred COPD road and none of which has been devised with anybody that has went to end stage.
    I am a very Lucky man that got a double transplant and lived to tell the tail.
    How you can come up with the above 7 stage plan is incredible . Can you please tell me where that information was gained.

    Kind regards
    John Docherty

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