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Staying Active with COPD: Insights from AnsibleChat

August 22, 2023
June 24, 2023
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Staying Active with COPD: Insights from AnsibleChat

Dear readers,

In our initial blog post, we would like to share valuable insights from our June AnsibleChat session, where we explored the topic "Staying Active with COPD." During this session, participants discussed ideas for how individuals with lung issues can still enjoy hobbies, activities, and projects that cater to their unique health needs while leading fulfilling lives. 

Here are some key takeaways from the conversation that can be helpful for those living with COPD and other pulmonary conditions:

  1. Find activities you enjoy: As one participant shared, "I love to garden... I will not let this disease get me down." Engaging in hobbies or projects that bring you happiness can help improve both your mental and physical well-being.

  2. Plan ahead and adapt: When planning activities or outings, consider your physical limitations and oxygen needs. This does not mean you cannot do it; rather, it means additional time and planning may be needed.

  3. Seek support from friends and family: Involve your loved ones in your activities or ask for their assistance when needed. As one participant mentioned, "I have all kinds of friends who ask to help... And now I take them up on it."

  4. Stay connected to support groups: Engage with others living with COPD through support groups or online forums to share experiences, learn from each other, and stay motivated.

  5. Embrace self-advocacy: Be proactive in seeking out resources, understanding your health needs, and advocating for yourself when necessary. You are your own best advocate.

  6. Focus on reducing sedentary behavior: As AnsibleHealth pulmonologist and Medical Director Victor Tseng pointed out during the chat, "Exercise is important but what seems to be more important is avoidance of sedentary activity." Incorporating more movement into daily life can make a significant difference in overall well-being.

  7. Find meaning in helping others: Many participants mentioned the positive impact of volunteering or being involved in advocacy work related to COPD. Helping others can provide a sense of purpose and improve mental well-being.

  8. Consider professional guidance: If you're unsure about which activities are suitable for you or need help managing your condition effectively while engaging in hobbies or projects, consult with healthcare professionals who can provide personalized recommendations.

In conclusion, staying active with COPD requires planning, adaptation, support from loved ones, self-advocacy, and finding meaning in daily life through enjoyable activities. By incorporating these tips into their routines, individuals living with COPD can lead more fulfilling lives while effectively managing their condition.

If you want to join us for future discussions on managing lung conditions like COPD or connect with other patients facing similar challenges, we encourage you to join the next AnsibleChat happening on August 14th, 2023. The topic will cover the importance of Pulmonary Rehab and learning ways to self-manage your lung condition.

Sign up below - we hope to see you there!

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