Living with COPD Series
Helps to eliminate wasted time and
unnecessary extra motion.
Plan each day and allow for frequent
Know your best time of the day to
accomplish tasks and schedule activities accordingly.
Assemble all items needed to complete
a task before you begin.
Make a flexible schedule for the week,
spreading out the heavier more difficult tasks. You can also try to
breakdown heavy tasks into a few lighter tasks.
Balance rest with activity
Learn to allow time to rest when
planning your daily activities.
Rest improves endurance and will leave
strength for more enjoyable activities.
Rest means doing absolutely nothing at
Try to rest 5-10 minutes out of every
Get adequate sleep. Though sleep
difficulties are common for some, try for 8-10 hours per night.
Rest for 45-60 minutes after meals. It
requires a great deal of energy and oxygen to digest meals.
Rest in a reclined position when
possible. Sitting to rest takes 1/3 more energy then lying down.
Learn activity tolerance
Learn what you can do in a given day.
Try not to over do even if you think you
can do much more on a given day than normal.
Be flexible with your routine for those
days you feel not quite up to par.
Can an activity be broken down into
smaller more manageable tasks?
Is someone else available that can help
you with your harder tasks?
Focus on those tasks or activities that
are priorities that must be done.
Learn to let go of the guilt that can
come with not finishing a task due to fatigue. There is always another
Eliminate unnecessary jobs and delegate
to others when at all possible
If possible, hire out those activities
that have become virtually impossible for you. Lawn mowing is a good
Rest before becoming exhausted.
Taking time out for a rest break may
seem difficult at first, but it will greatly help your endurance and
stamina in the long run.
Most importantly, DO NOT RUSH.
Sit rather then stand when possible.
Sitting requires less energy.
Use good body mechanics and muscles that
use the least amount of energy.
Use proper work heights.
Keep items used frequently within easy
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