When you have COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), you may find yourself feeling down because life isn’t exactly how it used to be. It’s important to identify the signs of depression, which can include trouble concentrating, exhaustion, irritability, significant change in weight, problems sleeping, desire to be alone, and absence of interest in favorite activities.
Dealing with these low feelings on occasion, especially after your initial diagnosis, isn’t easy, but it’s possible to overcome those negative feelings. It’s possible to overcome those slumps and make the most out of living with COPD. Here are a things to do when you’re feeling low:
- Join a club. Reignite your interest in a hobby by joining others who share that interest. Whether it be a quilting group, a book club, or a chess club, find others that share interests with you. You will have the opportunity to make new friends so you have inspiration to continue doing the things you love the most.
- Volunteer: Even with your shortness of breath, there are still volunteer opportunities available. Check in with schools, libraries, or churches and make sure to request volunteer work that allows you to sit down.
- Inform your family and friends about COPD: Your friends and family likely have good intentions, but may not fully understand what your diagnoses means or how it impacts you. It’s crucial to sit down and discuss what living with COPD is like with your close friends and any family members. Do not be hesitant to speak up about your limitations and ask for help when you need it. After all, they are there to support you!
- Talk about your feelings with a friend or family member: Often times just talking it out with a close friend or family member can make all the difference in feeling better.
- Change up your scenery: Use nature to lift your spirits. Get out of the house if the weather permits. Try taking a walk in the park, feeding the ducks, or going for a relaxing drive.
Portable Oxygen Solutions is dedicated to helping oxygen users, predominately those with COPD, continue an active lifestyle, improve their quality of life, and broaden their freedom and independence. Living with COPD is not always easy, but using the right portable oxygen concentrator can make all the difference.