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COPD and Managing Feelings

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Good self-care can help

Living with COPD might cause you or your loved ones to feel angry, depressed, worried or overwhelmed. These feelings are normal. Good self-care can help you feel better physically and mentally.

The Cleveland Clinic Health System offers these tips to deal with emotional blues:

  • Get dressed every day.
  • Go out and walk whenever possible.
  • Keep up with activities or hobbies you enjoy.
  • Stay involved with others. Try not to withdraw yourself from your friends and family.
  • Share your feelings with your spouse, friend or clergy.
  • Get a good night's sleep.
  • Follow your treatment plan.
  • Set and follow a realistic daily schedule.
  • Join a support group for people with COPD.

It's okay to ask your friends and family for help. They can:

  • Provide emotional support
  • Encourage you to follow your treatment plan
  • Go with you to provider appointments
  • Learn about COPD
  • Help with chores around the house or run errands

Make your life as easy as possible to avoid getting frustrated or overwhelmed. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute offers the following tips:

  • Do things slowly.
  • Do things sitting down.
  • Put things you need in one place that is easy to reach.
  • Find simple ways to cook, clean and do other chores. Use a pole or tongs with long handles to help you reach things.
  • Wear clothes and shoes that are easy to put on and take off.

If you feel depressed or have signs of depression, it is important to talk to your health care provider right away.

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