A piece of valuable advice Jane shares in this article:
"Many small changes can add up to a big - and positive - difference in your life with chronic lung disease. By making these a part of your everyday life, you will feel better and breathe better.
- I use pursed lips breathing with any exertion.
- I use diaphragmatic breathing every day.
- I do chest mobility exercises every day.
- I do stretches every day.
- I do some exercise every day.
- I use relaxation techniques to relieve muscle tension and anxiety.
- I do not smoke.
- I know the signs of infection and I call my doctor, should they occur.
- I am alert to things that make my breathing worse and do my best to avoid them.
- I use my breathing devices for inhalers and airway clearance correctly and as recommended.
- I do postural drainage and chest percussion as recommended.
- I take my breathing medicine(s) as prescribed. I understand how they work. I know which ones are for maintenance and which ones are for relief. The medicine I should take when I am having breathing trouble is:
- I carry my up-to-date medication / health information card.
- I eat a well-balanced diet with water as recommended by my physician or dietician.
- I take a nutritional supplement if I am at or below ideal body weight.
- I have accepted the fact that I have a lung disease and keep a positive attitude. I talk with a supportive person about my fears and bad feelings.
- My partner and I share our feelings about my lung disease and work together to make our relationship a warm and satisfying one for both of us.
- I work in an honest partnership with my doctor to obtain maximum benefit from his / her care.
- My personal mantra for my life with chronic lung disease is:
- List your own additional ideas..."