Feline Self-Care

Feline Self-Care

We were raised in a culture that said if we took care of ourselves we were being selfish, but have you ever watched a cat go through their daily lives? They are the epitome of selfish. We have much to learn from our feline friends as they always find what they need to fulfill their satisfaction levels. When they need comfort, they will rub your legs and when they don’t, they will find a place to hide. Your needs are not important to a cat. Their selfishness is self-care.

Find the time for self-care

COPD makes each day different and unpredictable. Finding the time for self-care is of utmost importance. You giving yourself permission will be the first huge step to self-care. Stop judging yourself on other’s scales. You are not someone else. Be Teflon; let it slide off of you and never stick.

Make a commitment to the time it takes for self-care. It’s more than just blocking out time; it’s about keeping the appointment.

Healthy habits

One of the most important things you can do for yourself is exercise; it is medicine for our lungs. For most of us this is a challenge to begin with. Some have had a gradually worsening of symptoms and have given themselves permission to drop out of life. This can be turned around by becoming gradually active. Move once every half hour, rise and sit again. Gradually regain some of your breathing and muscle tone. Remember the three types of exercise- upper body and arms, lower body and legs, as well as breathing exercises that need to be done daily.

Keep your thoughts positive by practicing positive self-talk only. Practice mindfulness and meditation often. Set the alarm on your phone and practice daily.

Watch your diet; leave out the carbs and high calorie, low-value foods. Only eat for the sake of your wellbeing. We don’t all have the same tastes but do the research because there is an abundance of information and seasons for most foods.

  • Open your windows and curtains, let in the light.
  • Smell the fresh air, even if for just a minute stick your head out the window. Breathe deeply.
  • Remember past struggles and remember that you got through them.
  • Ask for help when you need it, don’t be shy. You will be surprised who will show up.
  • Prioritize. Only the most important things need to be done now. Let the rest of it wait. Believe me when I tell you, no one will do it for you.

Set systems

Create Safe zones/ schedules/ systems when you are feeling good so that when you are not feeling good you will have those systems in place.

  • Have bills paid automatically.
  • Have a few dinners prepared ahead of time.
  • Create a Gratitude Journal or a Happy List. Write it all down so you can review when you are not doing so well.
  • Clean one area of your space per day. Not the entire house, just one little corner.
  • When was the last time you did something just for you? Find that hobby and work at it.
  • Be a CAT!

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  • Barbara Moore moderator author
    4 weeks ago

    Hi Pheonix59, thank you for reading and commenting on this article. Eventually we all learn what works for us and what doesn’t. The eerie part of this disease is that none of us is the same.
    It appears that no two people are alike and that is why self-care is so important.
    It is so nice to know that we are helping others with our articles.
    Season’s Greeting to you and yours. Barbara Moore (Site Moderator)

  • Phoenix59
    4 weeks ago

    HI Barbara, as a long term sufferer of copd i’v learned all the suggestions you describe & i totally agree. i’v simplified my life & plan most events well in advance. i look forward to recieving the alerts from copd.net & have recommended your site to the other groups i’m following. great information as always. hope you all have had a wonderful Xmas & have a prosperous New Year’
    Many thank Peter Steele 🙂

  • WillDoe
    1 month ago

    Hi Barbara!
    “Ask for help when you need it, don’t be shy. You will be surprised who will show up.”
    I need oxygen, a walker, rescue inhalers and have to take brakes to stretch my calves when shopping. Yesterday, I spent an hour and a half in Safeway. I’m desecrate about the inhaler and stretching and NOT shy about the walker and oxygen! And ‘Yes, thank you, you can help me out to the car with my bags.’
    If I need it, I use it. Like my walker or help with my bags.
    My point is: I still go shopping and I am as independent as I can be, including being helped to my car with my bags.

    Thanks for the post!
    Will

  • Barbara Moore moderator author
    1 month ago

    Hi WillDoe, Good for you for being independent, it is the way we should all be for as long as can. Good for you for knowing when you do or do not need help. Barbara (Site moderator)

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    1 month ago

    Good for you, Will – that’s the way to do it, when you can! Keep up the good work! Leon (site moderator)

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