Challenge Yourself

I've come to realize it's so easy to get into a rut where you do your daily chores, exercises, etc. Each day can be the same. You may change the routine, but the foundation is still there.

Certainly lifted my mood

Have you ever thought of doing something a little out of your comfort zone? Due to our COPD, we can't really expect to do something overly physically demanding. But it doesn't have to stop us from doing something with our brains.

I don't go out much but felt I needed to do something a little challenging. Biting the bullet so too speak, I signed up for an online drawing class with our local college. It's definitely something different from what I am used too. I've only had one lesson but so enjoyed it. Having a challenge has certainly lifted my mood and got me thinking and feeling excited. Why I hadn't thought of this before, I will never know.

I'm a different person and for the better

It keeps you occupied and busy and you get a result at the end of it. It doesn't matter what we do as long as we do things that we enjoy and they keep us motivated. It's definitely not something I would have chosen years ago but it's strange how we change.

When I look back before my diagnosis I was so different, but now I really believe I'm a different person and for the better. Sometimes we need to just go for it and do it before we back down. My bigger challenges now mostly come in the form of mobility outside the home. Now I've upped my exercise to two walking challenges, though I set my Fitbit throughout the day to clock my miles at home and in the garden.

Live your life and enjoy it

If we look and search for a way around things, it's surprising what we can achieve. It's so important to feel good about ourselves, believe in ourselves, and put ourselves first. We all deserve that. Life is too short and we never know what's around the corner. Live your life and enjoy it - that's why we were given it.

However small or big our challenges are, we need to remember we achieved it. Something we thought we couldn't do. My drawing class is great but I'm sure like many, my hands shake due to the medication I'm on, but after explaining my condition it was fine.

It can lift your mood

Step up for the challenge and find something that you may think you would enjoy. Tax your brain and feel better for doing something. Mentally it can you give you buzz and lift your mood.

Having a diagnosis of COPD is not a life sentence, it just means we have to change the way we live. Once we do that our lives can move forward and in a positive way. Remember there is a life after a diagnosis.

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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