People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can feel like they aren’t able to take part in Halloween and other holidays anymore, but there are plenty of ways you can still be involved in this iconic fall holiday. Here are 3 tips that can help you enjoy Halloween with COPD:
Put Yourself in Charge of Halloween Preparation
If you plan to spend Halloween with family or friends, you can volunteer to be in charge of preparing for this holiday. Draw up a list of tasks that need to be done, and this list can then be used to assign everyone a task or 2. This way everyone, including you, is less likely to get overwhelmed and stressed. Since you’re in charge, you can also assign tasks to yourself that are easier on your lungs. For example, you could be in charge of making sure the candy is ready to go on Halloween night.
Make Your Own Decorations
Although store-bought decorations can be festive, COPD patients should consider making their own Halloween decorations. This gives you a concrete way to be involved in the holiday. It gives you the chance to be creative, and it can be an opportunity to spend time with family and friends.
There are also many craft projects that won’t tax your lungs too much. For example, you could work on coloring in some Halloween scenes you found online, and these can be used to make your door more festive. You could also carve or paint pumpkins to place in or outside your home.
The most important Halloween tip for COPD patients is to give yourself plenty of time to do holiday-related tasks, and you can do this by making a plan that spreads out the tasks across the entire month. This might mean planning to make 1 decoration per day during the first week of October and set aside several days for putting up decorations, gathering candy and making other preparations. By doing these tasks over several weeks, you’ll feel less stressed and put less strain on your lungs, and this makes it more likely you’ll be able to enjoy the Halloween season without any worsening of your COPD symptoms.
Find Treatment Options for COPD at Lung Health Institute
Lung Health Institute is committed to helping patients with COPD and other chronic lung diseases maintain the highest possible quality of life. To help you meet this goal, we offer treatment options like cellular therapy.
Cellular therapy is a minimally invasive procedure that uses concentrated platelets and cells from your body to target lung disease. These platelets release healing properties that, when combined with growth factors, proteins and other beneficial cells, may help to promote healing in damaged tissue and reduce inﬂammation in your lungs.
We also offer an Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™ plan that is designed to provide information about lung-healthy foods, recipes, exercising and tracking progress. Using this plan is offers you many day-to-day benefits, including boosting your immune system and training your body to use fats to fight inflammation.
Take the next step to Breathe Easier™. Contact a Lung Health Institute patient coordinator today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.