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Managing Stress with COPD

  • By Stephanie Huston Keymaster

    A few community members have mentioned that managing COPD day-to-day can be stressful and often cause anxiety. Does anyone have any tips or strategies for handling stress?

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  • By RockinRene65

    Xanax and prayer, reflections playing on FB writing; These are a few of the things I do anyways, I am here hoping to find other’s…Thanks

    Blessings,
    Rene’

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  • By Christina Mattoni-Brashear Moderator

    Thanks so much for sharing what has been helpful for you, Rene’! We appreciate your being part of the community here! Please stop by and let us know how things are going – we’re happy you found us.

    Take care,
    -Christina (COPD.net Team)

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  • By bassman

    Thanks for sharing tips how to manage stress with copd. I am disabled with good and anxiety disorder. Being a caregiver for my wife who is disabled also is a very stressful situation. I have learned my limits, and when feeling out of breath, I stop and take a time out. Seeing my psych and taking my meds as directed helps me to manage my stress. You have to accept your inability to do things you use to, and know when to rest when feeling overwhelmed. Prayer and meditation gets me through every day. God Bless and easy does it.

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    • By Jenn Patel

      Hi Bassman,

      Thanks for sharing your experience here, and it sounds like you’re doing a great job balancing being a caregiver for your wife with taking breaks when you need to – that is so important! We’re so glad you have learned your limits, and also that you’re taking care of yourself by going to the doctor and taking your meds as prescribed. Great job!!! These are wonderful things that you’re doing.

      I thought this article on managing stress with COPD might be helpful: https://copd.net/living/managing-stress/ as well as this one: https://copd.net/living/attitude-stress/. It sounds like you have a fantastic attitude. Thanks for joining our community – please know you are welcome here any time.

      Best,
      Jenn (Community Manager, COPD.net)

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  • By 19hinkle

    By taking depression medince and zantax helps alot

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  • By Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT Moderator

    Thanks for your post 19hinkle. We’re glad to hear you’re feeling better with your prescribed medications.
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

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  • By Sam1

    I find the only way to cope is to smoke cigarettes. I’m not going to be around much longer anyway and I need them.

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    • By Jenn Patel

      Hi Sam1 – thanks for sharing so honestly. You’re definitely not the only one who uses cigarettes to cope with stress! I know it’s so tough to stop. I hope you are able to get some support, both online and in person, as you go through this. It’s not easy, but you’re not alone! Thank you again for your honesty.

      Best,
      Jenn (COPD.net Team)

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