Do You Know How to Live Well with COPD?
Allison Tsai | Dec 10, 2012
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It's better to stay at home and rest than make plans to go out regularly.
It might take some effort, but making regular plans with family and friends can help you feel like you are continuing your life despite COPD. Don't feel self-concious if you need supplemental oxygen either. If someone can't see, they wear glasses, needing supplemental oxygen is no different. It's how you are taking care of your health. Source: [Living Well with End-Stage COPD, at Home and Away](http://www.healthcentral.com/copd/c/19257/85354/living-stage-diabetes)
When little things pop up, it's easier to just let it go.
Being anxious can worsen shortness of breath, so it's best to avoid that whenever possible. When something upsets you, take a moment to reflect on whether it really matters that much. Then try some relaxation or breathing exercises to calm down. Source: [Living Well with End-Stage COPD, At Home and Away](http://www.healthcentral.com/copd/c/19257/85354/living-stage-diabetes)
It's not feasable for people with COPD to get exercise.
Getting exercise doesn't mean you have to run a marathon, or even a mile, for that matter. It means doing what you can tolerate to keep your muscles from weakening. If you can walk around the block, or around your house a couple times a day, that's great. If you can't walk, do some gentle chair exercises. Source: [How to Live a Full Life When You Have COPD](http://www.healthcentral.com/copd/c/96870/84977/live-full-life-copd)
It's best to take your doctor's orders, even if something doesn't feel right.
It's better to think of your doctor as your teammate, not your boss, in COPD management. Your doctor is a health and disease expert, but you are the expert when it comes to your own body. Listen to your body and keep an ongoing record of changes, of how you respond to treatment and your symptoms. Source: [10 Tips for Coping Successfully with COPD](http://www.healthcentral.com/copd/c/962/155961/10-coping-successfully)
Learning to manage your breathing can significantly ease breathlessness.
By first learing to pace your activity, and then empolying breathing techniques when you do feel breathless, you can minimize the scary and uncomfortable feeling of not being able to catch your breath. Several breathing techniques can be taught to you, including pursed lip breathing and diaphragmatic breathing. Source: [How to Live a Full Life When You Have COPD](http://www.healthcentral.com/copd/c/96870/84977/live-full-life-copd/2)