LIVING WITH COPD
Learn some tips to avoid COPD triggers and help manage symptoms.
Talk to your doctor about how physical activity can help you manage your COPD symptoms.
- If you ever feel winded or short of breath while exercising, stop immediately.
- If the temperature outdoors is either very hot or very cold, try exercising indoors.
- Short walks or light activity may be good options.
If you suspect your symptoms are worse at work, talk with your doctor. Together, you can determine and address the causes.
- Outdoor designated smoking areas should be clear from doorways and walking paths. Let your employer know if they’re not.
- If you’re entertaining clients, choose places that are smoke-free, and avoid other public places that allow smoking.
Remember that when you’re traveling, your COPD will need the same attention you give it at home, if not more. New places can mean new triggers, so anything you can do to prepare will help.
- Check your destination beforehand for things like weather forecasts and pollution levels.
- If your travel is for work, try to find a hotel close to the office to avoid a long, stressful commute.
- Make sure your hotel has smoke-free rooms.
- If you plan to sightsee, find tours that offer transportation and don’t involve too much walking.
- Bring sanitizing wipes to clean the area around your seat and to use after visiting the restroom.
- Air inside planes can carry germs. When traveling during cold and flu season, bring a mask just in case.
There can be many COPD triggers at home, and considering that you spend most of your time there, it’s important to learn what the triggers are and how best to avoid them.
- Keep your home smoke-free. Let your family and friends know so they can support you.
- Keep your windows closed and try to stay inside on days when outside air quality is poor.
- Arrange your home so things that you use every day are easy to reach.
- If you need to have some work done on your home, like painting or spraying for insects, plan to have it done when you’ll be away from home.
- Try to do something relaxing before bed and get to bed at the same time every night.
- Let your family know your home and car are smoke-free.
- Avoid smoke from grills, campfires, and firepits.
- If you’re outside and active, take breaks when you need to.
- Instead of big meals, eat smaller meals throughout the day if possible. Feeling very full may make it harder to breathe.
Pay attention to seasonal changes. Your symptoms may vary during times of temperature extremes.
- In the summer and winter months, be mindful of how much time you spend outdoors.
- Wearing a scarf or other protective gear to cover your nose and mouth will help limit cold-air exposure in your airways.
- Since cold air can irritate the lungs, breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth when outdoors during the winter to help warm and humidify the air before it reaches your lungs.
Start an ANORO routine
Talk to your doctor about the best daily routine for you.
“ANORO ELLIPTA has become part of my daily routine. I have it first thing in the morning, then I go about the rest of my daily activities.”
Try this technique to help your COPD
There’s a lot you’re probably already doing to help manage your COPD symptoms — like exercising regularly, getting plenty of rest, eating well, staying on treatment, having a positive mindset, and living an overall healthier lifestyle. This simple breathing exercise may also help:
Pursed-Lip Breathing Technique
You can do this technique in 4 steps:
Breathe in slowly through your nose. It can be a normal breath or a deep one — whatever is comfortable for you.
2. PURSED-LIP POSE
Purse your lips together as if you’re blowing a kiss or putting out a candle.
Slowly and gently breathe out through your pursed lips.
4. HAND AND HAND
One more optional step is to put one hand on your abdomen and the other on your chest as you repeat the exercise.