Happy holidays from the entire Lung Institute staff!
As a result of all of our patients’ inspiring stories, and dedication to fight lung disease, the staff at Lung Institute has put together some of our favorite memories since we opened our doors. It is our patients’ determination and positive attitudes that make us love what we do. We hope you enjoy them.
Lastly, regardless of whether you’re traveling for the holidays or having family come to you this year, you can’t miss our Top 5 Tips for Managing COPD During the Stress of the Holidays article below.
For those that do not know about COPD, its symptoms cause acute exacerbations leaving an individual gasping and struggling to breath. As you can imagine, living with COPD not only takes a toll on an individual’s overall health, but also impacts his or her quality of life and relationships with family and friends.
Although the holidays are often filled with laughter, joy, and family, they can also be very stressful, especially for individuals managing lung disease. Whether you’re traveling or have family coming to you this holiday season, it may be a good time to take a step back and evaluate your stress level. Use these simple tips to help you keep stress, and you symptoms, under control.
Tip 1: Avoid Triggers – The holidays usually get us out of our typical day-to-day routine, especially if you’ve chosen to travel. Keep in mind, if you’re visiting loved ones, or even going out to a restaurant you don’t normally frequent, to avoid triggers. This includes tobacco smoke, indoor air pollution from cooking, wood fires, candles, outdoor pollution, and/or allergens.