Most people have days when they’re a little down, but it’s much more common for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients to have a negative mindset. This makes sense since we’re dealing with a serious progressive lung condition. As a COPD patient myself, I can tell you that there are times when it’s difficult to stay positive, but there are 3 tips that I use to put myself in a more positive frame of mind.
1. Change Your Self-Talk
You might not be aware, but there’s a conversation going on in your head fairly often. This conversation is with yourself. It may seem odd, but the type of self-talk you use can go a long way toward improving your mindset when you have COPD.
As an example, let’s say you’re trying to talk yourself into exercising. You know that exercise can have many benefits for your COPD, but you might also be keeping yourself from doing it with self-talk like, “My breathing isn’t good today, so I can’t exercise.” By making a slight change to this self-talk, you can take a step toward a more positive mindset. Try talking to yourself like this: “My breathing isn’t good today. I’ll only do exercises I can do while sitting down.”
2. Break Goals Into Steps
It’s great to have goals, especially when you’re living with COPD. However, some people set goals that are a little too lofty, and when they don’t reach them, they fall into a negative frame of mind. To reduce the risk of this, you can try breaking your goals into more manageable steps.
Instead of making a goal like walking for an hour, make a plan that breaks the goal into several steps. For instance, start by trying to walk for 10 minutes, and then progress to 20 minutes, 30 minutes and so on until you reach your ultimate goal.
3. Choose to Improve
It can be hard to hear, but a negative mindset is a choice. Some patients choose to focus on their breathing difficulties. Others choose to focus on all the things they can’t do anymore but making choices like this only ensures your mindset will stay negative.
However, you can also choose to improve your mindset and become more positive. Take charge of your breathing by doing daily breathing exercises and getting moving to the best of your ability, and you might be surprised at the improvements you can achieve. Choose to use good habits every day, and over time, these habits can turn into a more positive lifestyle and frame of mind. Making these types of positive choices are probably the most effective way to start changing your mindset when you have COPD.
Learn About the Natural COPD Treatments Offered by Lung Health Institute
A key component of this plan is information about many lung-healthy food options, including seafood, as well as specific recipes that are designed to help your lungs. The AI2 plan also includes exercise advice, relaxation tips and a tracking journal. All these natural methods are combined with the intention of benefiting you in several ways. For one thing, they are designed to help boost your immune system, and these methods are intended to train your body to fight inflammation using fats.
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