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Take One Step

Keep moving forward by setting goals to help you manage your COPD each day. Whether you need help around the house or need some incentive to quit smoking, take a step toward a healthier lifestyle and better habits by making the decision to work toward your personal goals.

COPD Goals

Discuss Symptoms

Talk to your healthcare provider about any symptoms you have and how they're affecting you.

Here's Why:

Keeping track of symptoms may help you talk to your healthcare provider about management of your COPD.  

Try To Quit

Talk to your healthcare provider about trying to quit smoking.

Here's Why:

If you are a smoker, quitting smoking is the most important step you can take to slow the progression of COPD and to help prevent COPD complications.  

Get Support Quitting

Ask your family and friends to support your decision to not smoke.

Here's Why:

It's important to let family and friends know that you're trying to quit, so that they can be supportive.  

Complete The Copd Checklist

Print and fill out the COPD Checklist and take it to your healthcare provider.

Here's Why:

If you write down your symptoms, you are less likely to forget them when you talk to your healthcare provider. Plus, it's a great way to make sure you and your healthcare provider are on the same page.   

Download or Print COPD Checklist

Make A Copd Action Plan

Talk to your healthcare provider about creating a COPD Action plan.

Here's Why:

Creating an Action plan may help you know what to do if your symptoms get worse.  

Track Copd Symptoms

Keep track of any changes in your symptoms, even if they are small changes, and share them with your healthcare provider.

Here's Why:

It's a good way to make your healthcare provider aware of your COPD symptoms. When it comes to your COPD, more information is better.  

Join A Support Group

Join a local or online support group for COPD

Here's Why:

Talking to others with COPD can give you a fresh perspective. You may even learn how to tackle a new challenge when it presents itself.  

Practice Breathing Strategies

Talk to your healthcare provider about breathing strategies and practice them as often as you can.

Here's Why:

This may help you breathe better.  

Discuss Pulmonary Rehab

Talk to your healthcare provider about pulmonary rehabilitation.

Here's Why:

People with COPD can learn how to breathe more easily and improve their well-being.  

Reconnect With A Friend

Connect with a friend this month.

Here's Why:

Friends are great for offering emotional support.  

Talk About Copd

Talk to others with COPD—either online or in your community.

Here's Why:

You may see and hear from other people with COPD going through similar things as you. 

Share feelings about COPD

Tell someone you know what it feels like to live with COPD.

Here's Why:

Sharing what it feels like may help them get a better understanding of what you're going through  

Chat Via Video

Learn how to video-chat with your friends and family.

Here's Why:

It's a great way to connect with and get support from family and friends without leaving the comfort of your home.  

Ask For Help

Ask for help if you need it.

Here's Why:

Support with daily tasks can be essential when you're living with COPD. Don't forget to ask friends or family for help with any tasks that may be challenging because of COPD. 

Plan A Family Dinner

Coordinate a family dinner.

Here's Why:

Family support is important when you're living with COPD.  

Try A New Hobby

Try a new hobby that is appropriate for you.

Here's Why:

Trying a new appropriate hobby is a good way to introduce a new activity into your life. And staying active and engaged is important for people with COPD.  

Learn Something New About Your Copd Online

Find out more about your COPD online.

Here's Why:

You can learn more about COPD from the comfort of your own home. Or you could even try taking an online course. (Many are free!)  

Meet A Friend

Make a date with a friend.

Here's Why:

Friends can be a great source of support for people with COPD.  

Learn to play a new game

Learn to play a new game

Here's Why:

Playing games is a fun way to connect with others, which is important for people with COPD.  

Decorate

Decorate for a holiday.

Here's Why:

It's a great way to get in the spirit of the season. Don't forget to ask friends or family for help with any tasks that may be challenging because of COPD.  

Dress Up

Dress up today, especially for yourself.

Here's Why:

Dressing up can make you feel better about yourself. And taking care of your emotional health is a key part of managing your COPD.  

Spend Time In The Park

Spend some time in the park.

Here's Why:

Fresh air, people-watching, time to relax…parks have it all. Stay at home if there is a lot of pollution or dust outside.  

Work On To-do List

Check off two things from your to-do list.

Here's Why:

You'll get things done and feel like you've accomplished a lot.  

Plant A Garden

Plant a small garden with vegetables or plants.

Here's Why:

Vegetables and fruit contain lots of nutrients. And the right mix of nutrients in your diet can help you breathe easier. It's also rewarding to watch something grow and flourish that you created.  

Exercise Regularly

NOTE: You should talk to your doctor about starting any new physical activity. Walk, stretch, do balancing exercises, or do some type of physical exercise this week.

Here's Why:

Exercise is an important step you can take to help with breathing.  

Compliment Yourself

Give yourself one compliment every day.

Here's Why:

Self-support is important, too!  

Develop A Nutrition Plan

Discuss making a nutrition plan with your healthcare provider or dietitian.

Here's Why:

It's important to eat right to help manage your COPD.  

Make A New Recipe

Make a new, healthy recipe.

Here's Why:

After you develop a nutrition plan with your healthcare provider, it's important to maintain your plan through healthy cooking.  

Drink Enough Water

Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day.

Here's Why:

Water helps to keep your mucus thin, making it easier to cough it up.  

Eat Smaller Meals More Often

Eat several (4-6) small meals a day instead of 3 large meals.

Here's Why:

This helps with getting too full which may make breathing more difficult.

Eat Healthily

Eat healthy foods to maintain a healthy weight.

Here's Why:

It is possible for some people with COPD to easily become underweight or overweight. Eat healthy foods that provide the right amount of calories for your energy needs.  

Take 30 Minutes For Yourself

Take at least 30 minutes to do something you enjoy, like read a book.

Here's Why:

It's important to take time to relax.  

Get A Better Night's Sleep

Keep your bedroom quiet, dark, and cool so you can sleep better.

Here's Why:

A better night's sleep can give you more energy for day-to-day activities.  

Get New Air Filters

Get new air filters for your air conditioner.

Here's Why:

Replacing the filters can help eliminate dust and other pollutants.  

Vacuum Often

Vacuum as often as needed to keep dust under control, or ask friends or family for help if needed.

Here's Why:

Dust can aggravate breathing, especially in patients sensitive to dust.  

Keep Pets Off Furniture

Try to keep your sofa, bed, or chairs free from pet dander.

Here's Why:

Pet dander can aggravate breathing, especially for those with allergies.  

Get Help With Chores

Ask someone to help you with household chores.

Here's Why:

People often want to help but aren't sure how they can be of assistance. Make sure to be specific when you're asking.  

Reorganize An Area

Get help reorganizing a small part of your house to make things easier to reach.

Here's Why:

It's a great way to simplify tasks, plus you'll feel a sense of accomplishment.