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A few simple tips to feel a little better every day.
For those who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the slightest improvements to quality of life are incredibly significant. As lung disease is inherently degenerative- meaning it will get worse over time- any opportunity to improve one’s health or quality of life is often welcomed; and many times, these improvements can be found through a handful of significant means.
With your health in mind, the Lung Institute is here to provide you with 4 Tips to Improve Your Quality of Life to make your days a little easier as quickly as possible.
4. Keep a Social Life
Some of the biggest lessons when dealing with the stress and anxiety of lung disease are mental ones. As the physically debilitating effects of lung disease can gradually weaken the confidence and self-perception of those suffering from it, this can have an effect on the social life. Although it may be easier to choose to remain indoors and to travel less, socialization is necessary, so take time to enjoy being with family and friends and interacting with people.
3. Plan Ahead
There is a saying that goes “prior proper planning promotes peak performance” and is often referenced to pronounce the benefits of thinking ahead. In nearly every aspect of life, planning ahead can be incredibly helpful, particularly for those limited in mobility by lung disease. Whether it’s prepping for a healthy meal or planning to leave the home, putting in the effort to properly prepare will save you time, stress and anxiety in your daily life.
2. Better Nutrition and Exercise
For a healthier life, adequate nutrition and exercise are among the most important factors. Not only will a healthier lifestyle make walking and breathing easier, but it will also provide more energy throughout your day-to-day. For an easy introduction to better nutrition, one of the easiest methods of getting all the vitamins and nutrients you need may be juicing. In terms of exercise, the pulmonary benefits of cardiovascular exercise can significantly affect your breathing, so start off with a short walk.
1. Quit Smoking
The biggest improvement you can make to your quality of life is stepping away from the behavior that negatively affects it: smoking. Within a day of quitting smoking, your body will immediately begin to recover from the negative effects that have been accumulated. Although smoking is widely considered one of the hardest habits to kick, it is undeniable that by quitting smoking, you are actively extending your lifespan. For tips on quitting smoking, here’s a quick how-to.
Although key changes in behavior can significantly alter one’s quality of life, they cannot address the disease itself. For that, stem cell therapy may be necessary. As the scientific community continues to address the problems and complications of the human body, the Lung Institute will continue to bring these advancements to the public with the hope of bettering the quality of life for those who need it most.
We hope that these 4 tips to improve your quality of life have been helpful. If you’re looking to take control of your health, don’t wait. If you or a loved one suffers from COPD or another lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of stem cell treatment options. Contact us at (800) 729-3065 today to find out if you qualify for stem cell therapy.
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