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Living with COPD During the Holidays

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is hard enough to manage as it is—with constant shortness of breath, frequent wheezing, and the inability to carry out normal daily activities.

What makes it even harder is that people with COPD have a greater risk for depression, stress, and anxiety.

Because of this, crowded, high-stress situations can be incredibly difficult for people with COPD, and the holidays are just that! Here are just a few ways to make this season as enjoyable as possible.

Let your family know that you need to take it slow.

Maybe you don’t want to announce to everyone that you need to sit down a little more this year, but you should at least let the people closest to you know that you don’t need to take on so much this year.

They’ll meet you with understanding and give you the space you need.

Find a calm space.

Especially if you have lots of young kids in your family, holiday gatherings can quickly become hectic and stressful.

Talk to some adults about designating a “calm space” that’s away from the bustling kitchen and kids, where you can escape and take a breather if needed.

Prepare beforehand.

You don’t want to alienate yourself during the time of year that’s all about family and togetherness!

The best way to stay involved is to do what you can to prepare in the weeks and days before the holiday, so that you have some special things to do with family when the time comes.

Here are a few activities that are easy to prepare for and are incredibly special for the holiday season:

  • Gather a few favorite family photo albums and have them ready to pass around and go through with family.
  • Make copies of some famous family recipes and either give them as gifts or hand them out before making the recipe together with family. You can cook at your own pace and use family members as helpers in the kitchen!
  • Bring your favorite family board games. It will give everyone an opportunity to sit down and enjoy each other.
  • Suggest a favorite family holiday movie. Everyone will appreciate the chance to snuggle up and feel festive together!

If you’re dealing with COPD that’s related to your asthma or allergies, we want to get you in our clinic for wholistic treatment!

You’d be amazed at how easily you can breathe, even if it’s been years since you were able to.

Not sure if you have COPD? Check out this blog post on the topic! If those symptoms sound like what you’ve been experiencing, go ahead and give us a call so that we can get you on track to permanent healing today.