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Shopping isn’t always fun. Here’s how to cut the middleman and do it all from your couch with holiday shopping from home.
It’s that time of the year again. It’s December, which means Christmas time is right around the corner. Although some of us may have completed our Christmas shopping already, capitalizing on the deals of Black Friday, for those who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), getting up and to a store can at times seem nothing short of the impossible. Although they’re alternative treatment options out there, COPD is known to cause significant fatigue, dramatically reducing mobility for those living with the disease. This can often mean that getting around—specifically driving around from store to store—can be incredibly difficult. However, with the advent of the internet, the pain of traveling, fighting crowds, and waiting in lines is no more. Today, it’s possible to do all your shopping from the comfort of your favorite armchair.
With your health in mind, the Lung Institute is here to show you how to make the most out of this shopping season, and a few lessons on How to Master Holiday Shopping from Home: A Step-By-Step Guide.
Step 1: Create a List and Check It Twice
To avoid overspending or worse, forgetting to get a loved one a gift, it’s always best practice to make a list of all of those that are near and dear to you, and assign a limit as to how much you plan to spend on them. Not only will this help you stay focused as the rabbit hole of the internet leads you across a variety of potential gifts and products, but it’ll also help you keep your budget in line. One of the best benefits of the internet is that it can act as a universal store, allowing you to find virtually anything you’d see in a general retail-store but at times cheaper, and capable of home delivery.
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.
Step 2: Start with Your Main Sites
There are few other online retailers that are as convenient as Amazon.com. In many cases Amazon offers a litany of retail options that would rival Walmart, and often times can be even cheaper (particularly when buying books which if used can be bought as cheap as a penny). Although Amazon is typically a great resource for books, electronics, movies, and other entertainment devices, when it comes to apparel you may want to go directly to the source. Whatever your favorite shopping destination is, there is a high chance that they offer an online store in which to purchase their products.
Step 3: Be Organized with Your Holiday Shopping from Home
After compiling your list of loved ones and browsing through the main shopping sites, it’s time to finalize a list of what you plan to get. If shopping for someone with COPD, picking the right gift can pose a challenge. Shopping for someone else is difficult in general, but when combining the general lifestyle conditions of those with COPD, picking something that can be useful isn’t always the easiest task. With that in mind, here’s a helping hand in choosing gifts this year.
Food for Thought When Holiday Shopping from Home
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 the holiday arrives, 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.
Holiday shopping with COPD can pose a tremendous challenge, so holiday shopping from home can be a useful tool for you. It’s also important to know the road ahead in the treatment of COPD. Although COPD can seem insurmountable, the first step to living a longer life is finding a treatment that addresses the disease head-on. Changing one’s diet and consistently exercising are among the best lifestyle changes one can do aside from quitting smoking. However, if you’re looking to address COPD progression directly, it may be time to consider stem cell therapy. Rather than only addressing the symptoms of lung disease, stem cell therapy directly affects disease progression and can improve quality of life and pulmonary function. For people with lung disease, a change in quality of life could mean the difference between struggling to walk to the mailbox and riding a bike.
If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic disease like ILD, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis or other symptoms of lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of adult stem cell treatment options. Contact us today at (800) 729-3065 to see if you qualify for stem cell therapy, and find out what stem cell therapy could mean for you.
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