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What tips do you have for managing stress over the holiday season?

  • By Alesandra Bevilacqua Keymaster

    The holidays can be a stressful time, especially when managing life with COPD. Share any helpful tips for managing holiday stress with fellow community members to support them during the holiday season!

  • By Barbara Moore Moderator

    My best tip for the Christmas season is to delegate, pace and practice self care.
    Barbara (Site Moderator)

  • By Anonymous

    I have always been one to just get it done. This year I have noticed my shortness of breath is much more prominent. So I do what I can, sit, breathe slowly to get my heart rate down and my breathing better, then I do some more. I live alone, so I just do what needs to be done. During family time, it’s hard to admit I can’t do as much, and I try to hide that. Here’s wishing everyone has a fantabulous upcoming holiday (if you celebrate this holiday).

    • By Rynette

      Wonderful Christmas holiday to you too! I also live alone in a granny flat next to my daughter and son-in-law’s house. When I have to go out I drink a stress / anxiety pill to keep calm, and that helps me with my breathing. I prefer to stay at home when they go out with the children, as I cannot walk far or keep up with them as I have trouble breathing. I however, enjoy being at home alone with my dog Roxy, my laptop and TV etc!

    • By Lyn Harper, RRT Moderator

      Hi Rynette – It’s great that you can live so close to your daughter. Thanks for mentioning the pill you take for stress and anxiety. Some people are shy about the fact that they take something to ease their anxiety – but it’s certainly appropriate when it helps.

      I’d love to see a picture of Roxy if you get a chance to post one! I’d be quite content to spend most of my waking hours with my dog, Finn. They’re such a comfort to us, aren’t they?

      Lyn (site moderator)

  • By joia

    I have finally realized I can’t do everything. I shop online and avoid the stores. I’m grateful my husband is with me and helps out with food shopping. I used to bake trays of cookies for Christmas, but can’t anymore. I may bake one tray if I’m up to it. My life has changed but I have great support from my husband and sons. Happy holidays to all.

    • By Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT Moderator

      Hi joia and thanks for posting how you deal with this condition around holiday time. Glad to hear you have such a strong support system from your family. Sometimes, that’s all it takes to make all the difference! Keep up the good work and enjoy the holidays! Leon (site moderator)