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Getting out late this holiday season?
For many, the holiday season is the best part of the year–a time of unconditional love and gift-giving. Yet for those who suffer from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) the physical demands of shopping during the holiday season can be daunting. With your health in mind, the Lung Institute has compiled a short list of 4 Big Tips for Last Minute Shopping with COPD that will get you in and out before you feel out of breath!
4. Make a List
Whether it’s shopping for groceries or Christmas gifts, it’s in your best interest to make a list to avoid over-shopping. With this goal in mind, designate hard limits for how much you’d like to spend on each person, and do your best to keep to it.
When putting your list together with a budget in mind, you avoid temptation spending and the feeling of trying to over-indulge or over-compensate by getting your loved ones that extra-special-something. In creating a list, you force yourself to plan out and consider your gift choices, decreasing your time spent in the store and allowing you to focus your travel time on specific locations.
3. Hit the Golden Hours (Shop Early or Late)
During the final stretch of Christmas shopping, things can get pretty competitive. Whether it’s long lines or frantic shoppers, the atmosphere alone can raise stress levels. Fortunately, this frenzied shopping can work in your favor. Because of the hurried shopping of the holiday season, many stores offer extended hours to increase business.
When shopping this year, use the golden hours to your advantage by arriving at opening or at closing. This slight change could lead to shorter checkout lines, less competition, and a smoother transition in and out of the store.
2. Set a Time Limit
Time is important to all of us, and retailers know it. The more time spent in the store means the higher likelihood that something will be bought. Because of this, retailers have become infamous for their clever tactics, such as playing catchy holiday music and scenting the air with pleasant holiday smells.
Determine what a reasonable amount of time is to pick up each gift and hold yourself to it. This will limit the amount of time spent in the store, and discourage any idling or impulse spending. Be sure to set an alarm on your phone or keep track of time using a watch. By the time the deadline has arrived, you should be in the check-out line or leaving the store.
1. Shop Online
As every Cyber Monday reminds us, there is no better benefit of the internet era than the advent of online shopping. For many, what may seem like impossible tasks- shopping from store to store, across town, often in poor weather- are now possible from the comfort of one’s own home.
The ability to purchase any loved one’s gift and have it delivered to their door is invaluable to those suffering from COPD. Now, many online retailers will even promise to deliver these gifts before Christmas, if ordered early enough, so be sure to capitalize on this convenience. Finally, compare and contrast prices, online shopping can save you both time and money by allowing you to compare and sort items by price over various retailers, so be patient and search for what you’re looking for at the best price available.
Although these tips will aid in minimizing the physical demand of Christmas shopping, the exhaustion associated with this type of activity will persist without alternative treatment. If you or a loved one suffers from COPD, or any lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of stem cell treatment options. Contact us at (800) 729-3065 to find out if you qualify for stem cell therapy.
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