It’s customary to take stock of the past year as the new year dawns in January, and I recommend that patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) make the most of this opportunity. There are many resolutions that can benefit your quality of life with COPD. If you have COPD and are looking for New Year’s resolutions ideas, try these 3 below to help improve your quality of life.
1. Exercise Every Day
I am a major proponent of regular exercise for COPD patients, and this is why I encourage you to make a resolution to exercise every day of this new year.
Many people with this chronic lung disease might feel like it’s impossible for them to exercise every day. In many cases, this feeling could be related to your perception of exercise. For instance, you might think that running or lifting heavy weights is the definition of exercise, which could be holding you back from exercising if you have COPD. However, exercise doesn’t have to involve running or lifting weights. COPD patients can benefit from gentle exercise options like taking a short walk or doing some light strengthening exercises.
2. Pay Attention to Your Mental Health
Another resolution that can help improve your quality of life in the new year is paying more attention to your mental health. Many COPD patients get so focused on the physical aspects of their condition that they overlook the mental struggles it can cause. Depression and anxiety are common psychological issues that COPD patients can face, and they can easily be missed or dismissed. However, paying closer attention to your mental health can help COPD patients recognize these issues to know when to seek help for them.
3. Eat Healthier
Your diet is another aspect of your life that can help or hurt your COPD symptoms. There is a growing amount of research that supports this idea, and my own experience has also shown it to be true. Typically, I eat a high-fat, moderate protein, low-carb diet. This diet helps my own COPD symptoms, yet many COPD patients continue to eat diets that are full of carb-heavy foods, fried foods and other foods they should be avoiding. It’s time to change this by making a resolution to eat healthier or at least find out what options are healthier for COPD patients.
Lung Health Institute Offers Natural Treatment Options for COPD Patients
Our Lung Health Institute health care team offers many natural treatment options for COPD and other chronic lung diseases. One of these options is our Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™, or AI²™.
One major component of this treatment option is information about many lung-healthy food options, including kale and other leafy greens. The AI2 also provides information about specific recipes that are designed to help your lungs. Other information it includes is exercise advice, stress-relief suggestions and advice about proper hydration. All these natural methods are combined with the intent of helping to boost your immune system and training your body to fight inflammation using fats.
Take the next step to Breathe Easier™. Contact a Lung Health Institute patient coordinator today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.