Included in This Week’s Headlines
National – Mail delays plague USPS across nation Empty mailboxes, un-counted ballots, late medication, missed rent payments – those are among the realworld impacts of the struggles of the U.S. Postal Service.
Local – Collision Course? Tropical Storm Laura moves south … and South Florida breathes a sigh of relief
–The News-Press (Ft. Myers)
A- Avoiding Worry
“Worry is like a rocking chair; it requires a lot of energy, and it gets you nowhere. ”
B- Be Not Afraid, Be Strong, Be Courageous
“Courage is the ability to do the right thing, all the time, no matter how painful or uncomfortable it might be.”
C- Caring for Your Lung health, and Each Other, at Home and in the Community
Jane’s Tip for the Week
Handling COPD Weariness
Feeling tired is a significant symptom associated with COPD. It’s not a respiratory symptom, but it can have a profound presence in your life that cramps your day to day existence. Let’s take a look at some reasons why this unusual tiredness or lethargy may be an issue for you.
Decreased oxygen and increased carbon dioxide in the blood and tissues will definitely cause fatigue, which in turn will cause individuals to be less motivated to exercise. You may have muscle loss and decreased endurance. When we feel tired or worn out, depression and or anxiety can creep up and sabotage your efforts to move your body. It can become a vicious cycle.
The good news is that you can feel better. Work with your healthcare provider to address depression and anxiety if this is an issue. Get outdoors and receive quality sunlight. Eat light healthy meals, get enough sleep, drink plenty of water, quit smoking, establish an exercise schedule and don’t forget to spend time with your friends and family if it is at all possible. Call or video chat your loved ones, friends and neighbors. It helps a lot to deal with sometimes lonely separation, especially in these times of pandemic. Finding a spiritual connection in your life will give you hope to handle COPD weariness and offer you a new and more positive outlook on life.