Coping With COPD: A Tutorial on Life Skills
"A diagnosis of COPD for you or a loved one can seem like devastating news. A life with COPD is different than a life without COPD and coping with these changes is a significant challenge to overcome. The good news is that people with COPD continue to live active, full lives. The following pages are meant to be a source of information that will help you to better understand and manage your life with COPD." As you work through these pages, they recommend that you have a printer or a pen and paper.
Your Life With COPD Start by comparing your life before and after you were diagnosed with COPD and think about what those changes mean.
Feeling sad is natural. Learn how to effectively deal with this emotion and avoid the common problem of turning normal sadness into more self-destructive feelings
. The "Mark" of Oxygen
What does it feel like to wear oxygen? How can oxygen help me? What new problems does supplemental oxygen create?
You are not the only one affected by your disease, you and your family are in it together. Learning to accept their help will improve your whole family's quality of life.
COPD and Your Family
Learn the difference between short and long term problems and how you and your family can best respond to each type.
From the Canadian Lung Association- Living Well with COPD
COPD can have an impact on many parts of your life: your daily activities, your hobbies, your travel, your relationships. If you have COPD, you may find it's hard to do some of the things you used to enjoy. You may also get tired easily.With the right treatment and the advice here, you can enjoy a better and more active quality of life. You can adapt your activities so they're less tiring. You can learn to pace yourself."This segment includes articles on Eating Well; Exercise; Conserving your Energy; Doing Everyday Chores with Less Effort; Sexuality and COPD; COPD and End-of-Life Care; Travel and COPD; Gardening and COPD
The British Lung Foundation-Sex and Breathlessness For many people sex is, or has been, an important part of their lives. But people with lung disease may worry about sex . This leaflet from the British Lung Foundation aims to help you to enjoy a fulfilling sex life.
Articles from Your LungHealth.org - Living Well with COPD Good nutrition and exercise are the keys to everyone's overall health, but if you're living with COPD, a healthy body is also your best defense against infection and may even help minimize hospitalizations by preventing certain illnesses. Proper nutritional helps maintain ventilatory function and supports the development of the diaphragm and other pulmonary muscles. While your physician is your best informational resource for your condition, the American Association for Respiratory Care recommends these tips for achieving and maintaining optimal health to manage COPD.
Lessening the Effects of COPD
You may already know there is no cure for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, it's important that you know there is hope. Much can be done to lessen the side effects and symptoms of the disease. You can lead active and rewarding lives by following the advice of your physician and by following some simple tips.
DANCE Your Way to Healthier Lungs
If you love to dance, you know how good it feels to move your body to music. It exhilarates you physically and mentally. It makes you feel alive. But Helen Sorenson, a registered respiratory therapist, gerontologist, and assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, TX, has another version of "dancing" she'd like to share with respiratory patients. Her DANCE program stands for "Disease Management, Activity, Nutrition, Contribution, and Environment," and is filled with great advice on how to keep moving despite a chronic respiratory illness."DANCE is a necessity for those living with lung disease," says Helen. "DANCE will help you take the steps to a healthier you."The lessons are free and the steps are easy, so follow Helen's lead and let's DANCE!
While we don't advocate dirty houses, a quote we found says:"A clean house is the sign of a misspent life."Maybe that will help ease any guilty feelings you may have about not keeping up things as you used to do!Is it frustrating when you can't do things that are important to you, or that you want to do? It's good for you to be as active as possible, and you can stay active if you use good pacing techniques. Also, when you learn to maintain a comfortable breathing pattern while you work, you'll be able to do more. This might mean stopping often and taking some deep, diaphragmatic breaths in order to minimize breathlessness.When you work more efficiently, you reduce the strain on your heart and cardiovascular system; minimize fatigue, shortness of breath, and back pain; prevent injury, and make your energy go a long way. Here are some techniques you can apply to any everyday task including self-care, household chores, hobbies, and work.