The winter months represent a festive and fun-filled time for the majority of people, stacked full of family gatherings, tree trimming and present buying.
However, if you are living with COPD, you might already feel as though your schedule is hectic enough as you balance treatments and appointments with everyday life. This, alongside cold weather and an increased risk of catching a cold or flu, might leave you feeling stressed or anxious at the thought of the holiday season.
With some forward planning and clever thinking, it is possible to stay healthy and enjoy the festive season, even if you have COPD.
Read on for some tips to make this Christmas an occasion to remember, for all of the right reasons!
For more information about any of the tips, speak to your doctor.
Cold and flu are caused by viruses, which are spread by droplets sneezed out by an infected person. These can easily pass from person to person, or even from surface to person15. To reduce your risk of catching and spreading infections, follow a few simple hygiene measures:
Use antiseptic wipes to clear surfaces e.g. your computer keyboard or phone
Throw away used tissues as soon as possible
Speak to your doctor about the potential benefits of a flu jab
Wash your hands regularly
Use hand sanitiser when you are on the go
Read the following tips for advice on how to manage your COPD symptoms in cold weather an improve your breathing:
One of the best ways to stay healthy during the winter is to keep warm:
If your heating has a timer, set it so that your heating turns on just before you get up in the morning.
Heat your home to 18°C
Keep your bedroom at this temperature all night if you can
Use a hot water bottle to stay warm in bed
Save money on your heating bills by only turning on the radiators in the rooms that you use most
Close curtains and shut doors in your home
Wear several layers of loose fitting clothing
Cotton, wool or fleecy fibres are most effective at maintaining heat