Create a COPD
action plan

Preparing a COPD action plan with your doctor will help you track your progress, understand when to take your medicines and when to seek further emergency care¹. In the meantime you can begin to make some of these lifestyle changes.

Staying social and active
You may have times when you feel down, unfortunately this can actually lead to worsening symptoms². Talking with others or joining a support group to discuss how you feel may help². The benefits of maintaining an active social life are more than just emotional. Keeping up with family and friends can also help stave off physical decline³.

 

Diet, exercise and nutrition
Maintaining a healthy diet is important for everyone but it is especially important if you have COPD. Not only can a poor diet make your symptoms worse but it can also affect your ability to exercise⁴. The right mix of nutrients in your diet can help you breathe easier, a fact that most people with COPD are surprised to hear4.

Improving air quality
It's important to know the quality of the air that you breathe. Seasonal changes can prove problematic but there are a few things you can do to improve indoor quality, such as changing air filters, using natural cleaners, keeping pets off beds and ensuring that windows are properly sealed⁵. Deciding where to live can be a tough decision but think seriously about whether a change in location could improve your condition too⁶.

 

Monitor your COPD
There are four stages of COPD, each characterized by different symptoms and increasing severity⁷. By monitoring your symptoms and managing them in a proactive manner it is possible to relieve your symptoms and improve your overall quality of life⁸.

Patient stories

 

Discover how to confidently manage your COPD by maintaining a happy and healthy lifestyle – read how people at every stage of the disease have used different therapies and techniques to manage their COPD.

 

Take a look at our patient stories

References

1. American Lung Association. Instructions for COPD MANAGEMENT PLAN. 
http://www.lung.org/lung-disease/copd/living-with-copd/ala-copd-management-plan.pdf
Accessed on 15 May 2015.

2. Healthline. Overcoming Depression with COPD.
http://www.healthline.com/health/copd/depression
Accessed on 4 August 2015.

3. Bettersleepandbreathing.com. How staying social can boost lung function.
http://www.bettersleepandbreathing.com/post/94161919126/how-staying-social-can-boost-lung-function-by
Accessed on 15 May 2015.

4. COPD Foundation. Slim Skinny Reference Guide®. Nutrition Tips for Someone with COPD.

5. Bettersleepandbreathing.com. Improve Indoor Air Quality for Easier Breathing.
http://www.bettersleepandbreathing.com/post/94445375411/improve-indoor-air-quality-for-easier-breathing 
Accessed on 15 May 2015.

6. Bettersleepandbreathing.com. Will Living Somewhere Else Help Manage Your COPD?
http://www.bettersleepandbreathing.com/post/93827263137/will-living-somewhere-else-help-manage-your-copd
Accessed on 15 May 2015.

7. Global initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD). Pocket Guide 2010.

8. Web MD. COPD Treatments: Improving Your Quality of Life.
http://www.webmd.com/lung/copd/copd-treatments-improving-your-quality-of-life
Accessed on 4 August 2015.

For informational purposes only, not to replace physician's directions.