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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.

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Short of Breath? Try One of These 7 Tips

By Do More With Oxygen

Tue, Aug 8, 2017

Short of Breath? Try One of These 7 Tips

If you are living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), then you have probably experienced the uncomfortable feelings associated with shortness of breath. The tips listed below can help you avoid or control periods of shortness of breath.

1. Reconsider Your Sleeping Position

Keeping your back straight, place a pillow between your legs and elevate your head with one, as well.

2. Try a Fan

Try aiming a small hand-held fan at your face. The cool air can help relieve your shortness of breath.

3. Use a Table for Support

While seated, try leaning forward and laying your head down on a table. This may be more comfortable and offer more support than sitting forward.

4. Drink a Coffee

Caffeine has been shown to help relax airway muscles of people with asthma.

5. Use Your Arms

Find a piece of furniture that sits below your shoulder height and rest your hands or elbows on it. Your neck should remain relaxed. Relax your shoulders and rest your head on your forearms.

6. Take a Seat

Your breathing may get easier when you relax your body while sitting forward. With your feet planted firmly on the floor, lean your chest slightly forward.

7. Practice Breathing with Pursed Lips

Pursed-lip breathing can help slow the pace of your breathing and help release trapped air from your lungs.

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Source: healthline.com, Accessed: 7/13/17

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