Cooking dinner, putting away laundry, or even just walking across your living room can be exhausting when you have COPD, heart failure, or another long-term (chronic) condition. You may feel at times as though you've lost your ability to live your life.
Conserving, or saving, your energy means finding ways of doing daily activities with as little effort as possible. With some planning and tips, you can get tasks done more easily and enjoy your daily routine.
Your doctor may suggest that you have pulmonary rehabilitation to help you learn ways to breathe easier. The therapist also can give you more tips on conserving your energy. You also may want to see an occupational or physical therapist. He or she can show you how to build strength and move with less effort.
Ask your doctor about support groups for people who have COPD, heart failure, or another condition. They may have tips to share about how they make the most of their energy. You can learn more about social support at this American Lung Association website: www.lung.org/lung-disease/copd/living-with-copd/get-social-support.html.
You can learn more about conserving energy at this Canadian Lung Association website: www.lung.ca/diseases-maladies/copd-mpoc/living-vivre/energy-energie_e.php.
May 8, 2013
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
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