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. Deborah Leader at About.com has some great tips to make this holiday season as stress-free as possible:
” 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
(taken from bing.com) reduces the risk of COPD exacerbation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!