For patients who suffer from lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or pulmonary fibrosis, daily activities can become both mentally and physically more taxing. Keep your mind sharp and exercise your brain with a few recommended mentally stimulating activities that can improve memory, mood and self-esteem.
Cooking is a great way to stimulate the mind when you have a lung disease
Cooking allows for you to freely express yourself through food. Learning a new recipe engages many of your senses: smell, taste, sight and touch, which stimulate different areas of the brain. After mastering your favorite recipe, add your own personal spin to it. What would you add to make it better? How much salt does this dish really need? Working through these answers exercises the brain and improves critical thinking skills, keeping the mind sharp.
Check out our list of quick recipes for COPD sufferers and get started today.
Meditation can help relax your thoughts
Sit back, relax and take a deep, calming breath in and then out. Meditation is a stress reduction technique where the mind is trained to self-regulate. Meditation enhances brain function according to a recent CBC News report.
People in the study who practiced meditation for 11 hours a month, or less than half an hour a day, saw lower levels of fatigue, anger, anxiety and depression and improved mood changes. Daily meditation can also increase energy levels, improve your sleep patterns and most importantly, manage your breathing.
Puzzles work your mental muscles
Whether it’s crosswords, jigsaw puzzles or Sudoku, these mentally challenging activities can easily be enjoyed by those who suffer from lung disease. Though these games may not be physically demanding, puzzles can be an intellectually stimulating way to fight off Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other age-related illnesses.
Reading entertains your mind
Reading is a great hobby to keep sharp mentally and reduce the rate of cognitive decline. Studies have found that people age 55 and older who read books, wrote or participated in other mental activities linked to memory stimulation, saw an estimated 15 percent slower decline in cognitive ability.
For patients who may have difficulty holding books for long periods of time, consider purchasing in an e-reader, which digitally gives you access to thousands of titles in the palm of your hand. Audiobooks are another option for patients who may also have difficulty seeing.
Lung disease can significantly affect the daily life of those diagnosed, but it doesn’t mean giving up on doing the things you love. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a lung disease and are interested in learning about lung restoration treatment options, please contact us at the Lung Health Institute to learn more.