Make every
day better

Using your energy wisely

  • Simplify your tasks. For example, sit down whilst you prepare a meal or fold the laundry
  • Arrange the objects in your house so that they are easy to reach
  • Ask family and friends for help with daily tasks or chores
  • Plan your activities ahead of time, so that you can space them throughout the day
  • Don’t put pressure on yourself. Take rest breaks and leave the things that take more energy for when you are feeling your best
  • Get a good night’s sleep and elevate your head when sleeping. Try not to sleep too much during the day as this can disrupt sleep during the night

Taking your medication

People with COPD often have to take a number of different medications, which can be confusing. A few tips can help make this more straightforward:

  • Make a medication chart that shows what you have to take, and when
  • Set an alarm to remind you to take your medication
  • Get a weekly pill box that has sections for different days and times. This means that you can keep all of your appropriate medication in one place, and organise it in advance. Get a family member or a friend to help you with this if you need to
  • Connect taking your medication with daily activities. For example, if you have to take your medication in the morning, take it after breakfast or when you have brushed your teeth

Before going out

  • Check the weather forecast before you leave the house. If possible, try to avoid areas of high pollution or pollen count. Also try to stay indoors during periods of extreme weather
  • If cold or windy weather leaves you feeling short of breath, try loosely wearing a scarf over your mouth and nose. This warms the air before it enters your lungs and can help manage your symptoms
  • Use a pedometer to monitor how far you walk and set specific goals to increase the number of steps that you take each day
  • If you don't feel up to travelling far from the house, why not get into the garden for some fresh air. If you enjoy gardening, use light weight tools that have long handles and consider wearing a dust mask. Remember to take regular breaks
  • Get an exercise buddy to motivate you to keep active

Getting support from others

If you are feeling isolated because of your COPD, there are a number of different ways to get some support:

  • If you are having a bad day, talk to your friends and family. It can make you feel better and help them to understand more about your condition
  • If you are struggling with depression or anxiety, it might be helpful to talk to a trained counsellor or psychologist. Speak to your doctor for more information
  • By joining a COPD support group, you can connect with other people who really understand what you are going through. Here, you can learn from others and share your own experiences. Online support groups allow you to do this from the comfort of your own home, but they are also usually available on a local basis