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2014 New Year's Resolutions for People With COPD

Resolve to Breathe Better for the New Year


Updated December 26, 2013

After reading this article, you will have an opportunity to share your own New Year's resolution with others in the COPD community.

With the new year, many of you may be thinking about making that one resolution which will ultimately change your life. Perhaps you want to improve your golf game, learn a new hobby, or take more time for yourself. The new year is a perfect time to start over and if you have COPD, there is no better time than now to resolve to breathe better. So, how do you manage that? Here are some helpful New Year's Resolutions for people who have COPD:

1. Stomp Out Those Cigs

quitting smoking treatment for COPD
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Did you know that quitting smoking is the number one method of prevention and treatment for COPD? But breaking the habit is not that easy, as nicotine is one of the most addicting substances on the planet. The following will help get you pointed in the right direction:

2. Get Off That Couch

Exercise and COPD

An exercise program can help you regain a sense of control over your life, increase your self-esteem and improve your overall quality of life. Discover how exercise can benefit you if you have COPD:

3. Remember: You are What You Eat

Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Photo courtesy of Getty Images, user Jacob Snavely

4. Give Breathing a Boost

Upper Lobe Posterior Segments
Artwork © Deborah Leader RN, BSN, PHN

If you have COPD, then you know how dyspnea, or shortness of breath, can impact your quality of life. Learn breathing techniques that will help reduce your dyspnea:


5. Improve Your Indoor Air

Peace Lily

Indoor air is sometimes more polluted that outdoor air. And, because many people with COPD spend a great deal of time indoors, taking steps to improve indoor air is essential to better breathing. 


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