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Improving Relationships

Talking Openly Is Key To Moving Forward

Teamwork

You, your spouse, your child, your caregiver, and any other family members living with you will function better, day to day, when you work together. Read More  If you don't have a family member that you feel close to, learn about your other options here.

It may feel odd to shift responsibility that was once yours to someone else, but you may not be able to do all the things you once did, or may have to do them differently. Remember to ask for help when you need it, and offer to do things that require less physical exertion.  Close 

Don't Keep It All To Yourself. Communicate!

Living with COPD can leave you feeling out of sorts. It can cause stress, fear, and anxiety. Talking to your loved ones can help. Talk about how you feel, what's bothering you, and what they can do to help. Read More  Getting support from your friends and family may help relieve any stress or anxiety.

You also have the option of communicating with others with COPD. Seeing how others are coping may help you adjust to the challenges that come with COPD and help you deal with COPD on a day-to-day basis. Talk to your healthcare provider about finding local support groups.  Close 

Be Social

Living with COPD doesn't have to be isolating. Once you develop new habits and get into the swing of things, it may be easier to get around and maintain your social relationships. Read More 

Try to keep your relationships going with friends and family. When needed, let others know more about your condition, what to expect, and how they can help you get around.

Here are some ways to be social with your friends:

  • If you like to talk about how you're feeling, call one of your friends and ask if he or she has time for a chat.
  • Make plans to have friends over if you don't feel comfortable leaving your home. Let them know that you have good days and bad days, and would like to get together but can't always plan ahead.
  • Be specific about your wants and needs. For example, if you are feeling good and would like to go out for lunch, ask some friends or family members if they're free and let them know where you'd like to go.  Close