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When a loved one has COPD or another chronic lung disease, knowing how to balance taking care of them and yourself can be difficult. This page provides helpful resources for caregivers including guides on helping your loved one quit smoking and how to take time out of your day for yourself.

If you’ve just been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), you may have a lot of questions. This page is a great resource for learning about all aspects of the disease including talking to your doctor, flare-up signs and symptoms, and disease management.

If you have a chronic lung disease, you know that staying healthy plays an important part in managing your symptoms and overall well-being. The right exercise methods, diet, and other techniques can help you stay healthy with chronic lung disease and get you back to doing the things you love.

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Changes That Can Enhance Your Life With Pulmonary Fibrosis

By Do More With Oxygen

Tue, Jan 21, 2014

Proper relaxation technique can make living with pulmonary fibrosis easier. You never thought you would be diagnosed with lung disease. Now that you have, you have two options: you can either let it take over your life or you can enhance your life with pulmonary fibrosis by making certain changes. Take control of your life with these tips from the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.

Stay active

A detrimental consequence of life with pulmonary fibrosis is that it’s more difficult to stay physically active. In fact, you may purposely avoid exercise to limit your shortness of breath. However, lack of exercise weakens your muscles, which makes it even harder to complete day-to-day activities. Nip this vicious cycle in the bud by starting a doctor-approved exercise program.

Eat well

A healthy diet includes fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meat and low-fat dairy products. It’s also low in fat, cholesterol, salt and sugar. Aim to eat smaller meals on a more frequent basis to prevent becoming overly full.

Avoid pollutants that irritate your lungs

This includes cigarette smoke, secondhand smoke, indoor contaminants and outdoor air pollution. Maintain indoor air to keep your home a healthy place to spend your time, and limit outdoor activities when smog is thick or pollen counts are high.

Learn to relax

When your muscles and mind are relaxed, you consume less oxygen and avoid panic attacks that can surface from exacerbations. Join a support group, see a counselor and implement other relaxation techniques to help ease life with pulmonary fibrosis.

Actively participate in your own healthcare

You are on the same team as your doctors and nurses. They're here to help you by asking questions and determining the right treatments. Do your part by asking your own questions, reporting any changes in your condition and following instructions as closely as possible.

Keep a positive attitude

If you perceive your disease to be manageable with these lifestyle changes and the help of others, your positive attitude helps shape your ability to cope with your disease.

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Topics: Staying Healthy, chronic lung disease, Pulmonary Fibrosis

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