4 Ways to Fight FatigueJuly 09, 2018
Symptoms of COPD can deplete your physical and emotional strength and energy. However, they don't have to. Don't sit back and let COPD-related fatigue rob you of your quality of life. Try these tips to help counteract fatigue.
- Exercise Regularly
People who exercise regularly report lower levels of fatigue and an improvement in their quality of life than those who are more sedentary. In addition, exercise is associated with a longer life expectancy for those living with COPD. When it comes to exercising with COPD, look to a combination of cardiovascular and flexibility exercises. It's important to start slow. Activities such as gardening and walking are good places to start.
- Reduce Stress
Reducing stress can decrease fatigue and anxiety and improve your overall quality of life, even with minor changes. Find ways to alleviate pressure in your life, whether it is removing yourself from uncomfortable situations or turning to a support system of friends and family.
- Drink Plenty of Fluids
Staying hydrated is important when you are living with COPD. Some medications, as well as mouth breathing, can increase your fluid needs. Dehydration can cause a headache, fatigue, dry mouth, dizziness, rapid heart rate and a host of other symptoms.
- Spend Time Outdoors
Research has found that people feel better simply when they spend more time in nature. Go outdoors to situate your body to the time of day, move more and diminish stress.