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Managing the Holidays with a Chronic Illness

By Do More With Oxygen

Tue, Dec 26, 2017

Managing the Holidays with a Chronic Illness

The holidays are rapidly approaching, bringing with them all the fun and excitement associated with the season.  If you are living with a chronic illness, like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), you need to take extra precautions during this time to avoid things that might trigger a flare-up and cause you to miss all the holiday activities.  Here are a few ways that may help you stay happy and healthy this season:

Dust Those Ornaments

As you bring out those favorite holiday ornaments and decorations, you’re also bringing out the dust that they’ve managed to accumulate over the year they’ve spent in the basement or hall closet.  Be sure to clean them off carefully before hanging them up to help keep down the dust floating in the air.  Packing them away in airtight totes at the end of the season after another good dusting is a good way to keep them ready to use next year.

Display the Candles, Don’t Light Them

So many lovely smells are associated with this time of year – cinnamon, pine, cookies – and many are conveniently available as a candle scent.  As nice as they are, these candles when lit can cause issues for people with COPD. Enjoy them as decorations, but keep them unlit.

Go Natural with Cleaning Products

While you want your home to be clean and shiny for the holidays, you don’t want the heavy chemical smells that might be trigger for your COPD.  Try all-natural products that you can find in the store, or make your own with vinegar, baking soda and water.  And don’t try to do it all by yourself and all at once.  Enlist some help, and be sure to take frequent rest breaks.

That Holiday Shopping!

Try to find parking spots close by the doors of your destination so that you’re not worn out before you even start shopping.  Or, better yet, have a friend drop you off at the door and pick you up later.  It’s less stress for you and limits your exposure to the cold weather that can make breathing difficult.

The holidays can be a wonderful, magical time for the whole family, and with the right precautions you can take part in all the festivities and make memories that you’ll cherish for a long time.

Mindfulness and COPD - Improving Awareness and Well-Being

Sources:

copdliving.today, Accessed: 11/30/17

www.achieveclinical.com, Accessed: 11/30/17

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