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What’s Your Hobby?

Anyone with any sort of breathing problems and/or lung disease know that some days are just HARD. Using up all of our energy to breathe leaves very little left for things of enjoyment. This leads to incredible frustration and sadness. Having a hobby can not only help pass the time but bring happiness and sunshine to both the hard days and the good ones. Here are just a few examples of COPD friendly hobbies:

Yarn Crafts

Knitting and crocheting are two great hobbies that don’t require a lot of energy. I like to sit and crochet, and even through I don’t know any fancy patterns, I enjoy making scarves for friends and family.

Word Games

Crossword puzzles, word searches, sudoku are all fun ways to pass the time and use your brain.

Pen Pals

I love getting “happy mail.” I also like to write letters. I have a few pen pals and we write each other letters often. There is just something about opening my mailbox and finding something other than a bill or junk mail that makes me smile so much.

Become an advocate!

Write about your COPD journey! I can promise you that there are others out there who will benefit from you sharing your experiences and knowledge. Each of our journeys are different and no two are alike. Others will take tremendous comfort in knowing they are not alone and might find similarities in treatment, symptoms etc.

Low Impact Exercise

Exercise is so important, regardless if we have COPD or not. Staying as active as possible helps keep your body strong. Low impact exercises such as yoga, walking and swimming can be really beneficial for people with lung problems. It is important to go at your own pace, don’t rush into anything high intensity and try to not get overwhelmed. The stretching and mindful breathing that comes with yoga is a popular form of gentle exercise. I am not flexible at all and I still find benefit when modifying the positions and using a chair.

Reading

I have found myself staying up half the night with my nose buried in a good book more than I care to admit! Find a new book series and dive in! I personally like to read mysteries and something with a good suspenseful plot. You could also read about something you have been curious about and learn something new!

Having a hobby (or several!) that interests you can be very helpful when it comes to dealing with COPD. Find something that you enjoy and go with it! I would love to hear how you pass the time on both days when your breathing is not the best and on those when you have more energy!

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Comments

  • rhonda61hobo
    4 days ago

    I read a lot about COPD . I use to raise chickens and pigs. And enjoyed it very much. It broke my heart ❤️ when I had to stop. Feed deer,birds, now I only sit and watch.

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    4 days ago

    Hi again,rhonda, and thanks for joining in the conversation here. Who takes care of the chickens and pigs for you now? Leon (site moderator)

  • Linda
    3 months ago

    Hello, I’d like to share a few hobbies that I have had over the years and I still do most of them just not as often. I can’t knit, for some reason, but I crochet and I’ve made ‘baby’ afgans (blankets) for all the littles ones in our family plus I made some for Christmas gifts one year. Altogether that year, I made about 12 and whenever another baby is born in the family I make another one. I can’t do anything fancy but I get the job done and it gives me something to do with my hands (besides snacking) I love to read also, mostly Danielle Steel. I really like the romance fiction novels and some mysteries. With Spring coming I’m looking forward to sitting on the back porch and enjoying watching the birds at our feeders. Right now I’m noticing our lilac bush has buds on it. They smell wonderful and I enjoy them so much. I’m not an exercising person but I have an upstairs and go up and down the stairs at least once a day. I do quite a bit of walking indoors. Like everyone else I have good days and bad days. Today happens to be a good day!

  • Lyn Harper, RRT moderator
    3 months ago

    Linda – Having hobbies is so important, but when they also provide little gifts for people, that’s really great! I’m sure everyone that’s a recipient of one of your creations loves it.
    Enjoy these lovely spring days. We have a lilac bush as well, but it hasn’t started blossoming here yet. I’m looking forward to it.
    – Lyn (site moderator)

  • Gentlewinds
    3 months ago

    I research family history online. There are a number of free sites on the Library website that that I can get at home. Sharing new information with my family increases topics we can discuss

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    3 months ago

    Hi Gentlewinds and thanks for sharing this with the community. That sounds like a cool way to spend time hobbying. All the best, Leon (site moderator)

  • grammysue1
    3 months ago

    I like to play games on Facebook and do puzzles on-line. I also like to read. I have a kindle so I have lots of reading material. When I need to sit down and catch my breath it give me a distraction.

  • Linda
    3 months ago

    Hi grammysue1, I also do jigsaw puzzles online and some facebook games. It is a great way to keep busy when you need to sit down and take a breather. I can relate.

  • Lyn Harper, RRT moderator
    3 months ago

    Hi grammysue1 – You and I would get along well. The Kindle was one of my best purchases to date. I love that you can take it anywhere and have hundreds of books at your fingertips. Never a chance of being bored or having nothing to do. – Lyn (site moderator)

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    3 months ago

    Hi grammysue1 and thanks for your post telling us what you enjoy doing for your hobbies. We appreciate your input. Leon (site moderator)

  • Nanzee
    3 months ago

    I love reading but my most entertaining hobby is playing World of Warcraft and other games online. My son started me on WOW back in the “Vanilla” time and I have a lot of fun with it and make online friends in guilds.

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    3 months ago

    Hi Nanzee and thanks for responding to Theresa’s article. We appreciate you sharing the hobby you have with the community. All the best, Leon (site moderator)

  • Bayousara
    3 months ago

    I have probably had COPD for some time, just thought it was asthma. Just experiencing a long bout of lung infection for first time. My hobbies are writing and social media. I need to learn all I can about COPD, especially about the mucous problem and whether exercise will cause more mucous. I am an ex-smoker having quit after 18 years in 1980, but I still got COPD!

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    3 months ago

    Hi Bayousara and thanks for your post. As Michelle said, you’ve certainly come to the right place to learn as much as you can about COPD. We have a wealth of articles that speak to just about every aspect of the condition. In view of your stated concern about mucus, I thought you might find it helpful to look over this article on that very topic: https://copd.net/clinical/mucus-with-copd/. We’re glad to have you as a member of this community. All the best, Leon (site moderator)

  • michelle.vincent moderator
    3 months ago

    Hi Bayousara,

    Thanks for your comment. I’m sorry to hear that you’re experiencing such a bad lung infection. You’ve got a great plan of action smarting with learning all you can about the disease. Also, congratulations on being smoke-free for so long. That’s a great accomplishment.

    I hope you find our site informative and helpful.

    Take care of yourself,
    Michelle (site moderator)

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