Battling Anxiety and COPD: COVID-19

Wow, what a combination! Trust me it's hard work and at times pretty draining. Right now we're all battling this COVID-19. Not an easy battle, especially when you're living with COPD. My anxiety is at an all-time high and I'm pretty sure yours is too.

A difficult time

It's a difficult time for everyone, and we must all be careful. I'm an anxious person anyway who suffers from anxiety on a daily basis. Plus I suffer from agoraphobia too. If I stay in for too long, I struggle to go out and then have panic attacks, which cause even more stress. We all know stress isn't good for COPD. I have come up with a plan which I hope in turn will help others.

Scooting around

I am avoiding social gatherings as suggested, but I am still going out (weather permitting). As I cannot walk far, I go out on my mobility scooter. It's important we all get fresh air into our lungs and on our faces. I drive around and go to the park - it's so good to feel the fresh air and sunshine. I avoid crowds and if a shop is not busy will have a scoot around.

Continuing to exercise

I have given up my gym membership for the time (which I believe is a good thing for now) but I do exercise regularly at home. I use my exercise pedals and dumbells and I follow the same routine as at the gym. It is so important to keep active and as fit as possible to fight these bugs and viruses. I religiously keep a journal of all that I have achieved so I can look back and see the progress.

Ok, I don't have the support from the group at the gym but I do have my health. If you don't have weights at home use a tin of peas or beans in each hand - they work wonders. These coping mechanisms seem to be working for me and hopefully will help others. It is difficult to know where this COVID-19 will actually lead to and it's a frightening new illness.

Stay strong and fight forward

We need to remember to take stock of our own lifestyle and to keep ourselves safe and well, but having said that, we must also be able to live our lives too. There isn't anything stopping us from going out and about but we must be careful where and what we do. Life is difficult enough as it is. If you think of the things we have already survived like Swine flu, SARS, etc. I'm sure if we take on board what has been suggested we can get through the COVID-19. 

Dealing with anxiety and COPD is a hard battle in and of itself and when new things hit us so hard it can be difficult to see ahead. So hopefully you won't feel alone in this new battle, knowing that others feel the same. It is our normal human instinct to feel scared and anxious. But remember you have the ability to take control of this situation. Stay strong and fight forward.

Editor's Note: We are heartbroken to share that Debz passed away in October of 2021. She is deeply missed but her positivity and resilience live on through her articles. Thank you for everything, Debz.

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