The holidays can be a stressful time for everyone, especially those with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). While you may view the holidays with apprehension and want to stay home, it doesn’t have to be that way. The holidays are a time that should be enjoyed by all, which is why we at Portable Oxygen Solutions have compiled a list of a few ways you can still enjoy the holidays.
1) Plan ahead to give yourself ample time when preparing to leave the house. Being in a hurry is exhausting for those with COPD – It makes you run out of breath and energy quite quickly. Make sure to allocate plenty of time to get ready, gather your belongings, so you will arrive at your destination full of breath and energy.
2) Don’t eat too much. While there are many snacks and goodies around during the holidays, it’s important to not overeat. When you eat too much food, your stomach expands, pushing up on your diaphragm, which is already compromised. If you’d like to try everything, go ahead, but make sure to take small samples.
3) Avoid germs. If you notice someone is coughing or sneezing in the room, especially small children, do your best to keep your distance from them. Make sure to wash your hands often.
4) Spread holiday cheer. Doing nice deeds is a great way to spread holiday cheer and make yourself feel better. Call up an old friend you haven’t talked to and wish them happy holidays or make banana bread for your letter carrier. Doing nice things, even if it’s small, can go a long way.
5) Enjoy each moment. Relish in each moment, as it will never come along again. When you are breathing well, laugh, smile, and enjoy yourself. There is no need to spend your time and energy being concerned about what tomorrow brings. What matters the most is today and the here and now. “Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.”