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Tips for Managing Fatigue from COPD

Managing Fatigue from COPD

It’s not uncommon for people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) to suffer from chronic fatigue. COPD reduces airflow to the lungs, making breathing more difficult. It also reduces oxygen throughout the body, contributing to chronic fatigue and tiredness.

Unfortunately, COPD is a progressive condition with no cure. This means that it will get worse over time, and this can have a major impact on your health. That said, there are ways to combat COPD fatigue so that you can live your life more comfortably. Below are some tips for managing your exhaustion.

Control Your Breathing

Use breathing control during your activities to reduce shortness of breath. Breathing exercises are helpful in these instances because you can learn more effective ways to control your breathing and preserve your energy. For example, pursed lip breathing asks you to inhale, purse your lips and breath out slowly. You can find other breathing exercises here.

Eliminate Unnecessary Activities

You may have to restructure your schedule so that you focus only on the activities you need to do. For essential tasks, consider ways to make them easier. For example, let the dishes air dry or purchase a robot vacuum instead of vacuuming by hand. While simple, these choices preserve your energy for more important things.

Get Regular Exercise

Exercise and physical activity are good for the lungs and can help slow damage. Before you start a workout plan, talk to your doctor, as many activities will be off the table. Your doctor will probably recommend low-impact exercises like walking, jumping rope, swimming or resistance training.

Ask for Assistance

COPD is a serious condition and you will likely need assistance from time to time. Be sure to ask for help when you need it. Home care services like Doctor’s Choice offer COPD-specific programs to help people in your position. This way, you can maintain your independence while getting the help you need.

Stay Organized

Organization is important for people with COPD. If you’re not organized, you’ll end up feeling stressed and rush through everything.

  • Organize your space so that the things you use are readily available.
  • Organize your methods so that you can be more efficient.
  • Organize your time so that you can maintain a flexible schedule with balanced activities.

These are just some of the ways that you can manage COPD fatigue. Over time, you will feel more comfortable balancing your to-do list and recognizing your symptoms. But for now, continue making healthy choices that will allow you to manage your condition while living as normal a life as possible.

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