When COPD creeps in you will have lower energy levels which often leads to less interest in doing activities you enjoy. Breathlessness can cause problems sleeping and this along with the normal grief and loss process that comes with being told that you are sick will bring you feelings of sadness, confusion and anger. Issues with coughing, shortness of breath and lack of energy will keep you in the house more. The problem grows if you do not acknowledge it but early interventions always lead to the best results. There are lots of groups such as Breathe Easy and Walking for Health where you can find support from like minded people. Chat about your experience and even discover new coping strategies. You can access some groups on line and if you need help getting there possibly find support with transport through community agencies or groups. There is the Blue Badge scheme or perhaps your local authority has a dial-a-ride service or subsidised taxi service. COPD will change your life if you let it. Whether you are being reactive or preventative, doing something about your condition and its impact on your mental health is imperative. When you’re ready to start venturing out we have travel nebulisers that can help take you there and if you’re dreaming big we have portable nebulisers that can take you round the world.
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