New Here Morning All

New Here Morning All

Nice to join the site, looking to

meet others with Copd asthma condition, give n recieve support hopefully.

I have become a bit isolated and want to change that. Since stopping work due to health. Plus have had a horrible winter with chest infections n pnemonia, and thyroid issues. Want to do more than watch tv n sleep!

Do other people get down in the dumps with this condition? And if you have, how do you manage it?

Any ideas welcome

Mel

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  • Hi Mel

    I think we all go through down times with copd and now you've left work it will be harder to shake off. This is a good place for you for support and advice and you don't have to explain what you're going through because we're all in the same boat at one level or another. I've had a rubbish winter to and that drags you down but hopefully now spring is in the air you'll start to pick up a bit,

    As to managing our down times,.... we all come here and have a moan lol! If it's really bad it might be a good thing to have a chat with your gp and explain how you're feeling.

    Take care x

  • I manage by coming on here, picking up some good hints on how to manage, having a laugh and keeping relaxed. That big smile of yours will have cheered up a number of people....it did me! :-)

    Welcome to the group.

  • Relaxation is very important. One method I find very successful, is to incorporate a breathing exercise into it too.

    Sit with a good posture, close your eyes and imagine you are lying on a warm, sunny beach at the water's edge. As a wave washes over your feet and up your body breath in slowly filling your lungs from the stomach up to your shoulders, as the imagined water recedes slowly breath out, all the way out and GENTLY keep breathing out, even though you think your lungs are empty for a few seconds as you imagine the water held in the sand drains away. Then the next wave comes in and repeat over and over. The trick is not to fall asleep halfway through :)

  • I think we all do..get down in the dumps..I mean

    Great site for uplifting your spirits

    There's usually someone to talk to

    Take care

  • I know I will sound like an agony aunt but you need to find an occupation which is enjoyable and doesn't tax you too much! If you are the right age i.e 50 ish (you don't look it) the local U3A is a good start. They meet in the daytime and run lots of courses from art to walking and everything in between. A friend took me along when I had to give up work at 50 and I can honestly say it literally saved my life because I was at the stage of wanting to drive into a tree at the time. There are always lots of organisations looking for volunteers. I got involved in disability rights, a friend did cat stroking at the local rescue centre. I hope you soon regain your love of life, and this site is wonderful if you feel down. It has helped me so much for the last couple of very wobbly weeks. Good luck xx

  • Yes , I will give some of those a go, , thank you

  • Hi Mel

    Welcome to the site , It is a great site and has cheered me up many times. Ask away any queries and questions and somebody will be along to answer or just a chat about your day. I think Dons answer was spot on. Summer on it's always to cheer us all up . Take Care and have a lovely weekend .

    Pauline 🙂

  • Hi Mel. Nice to meet you. I think that you've had some great replies up to now, but I just wanted to say hello and welcome. I look forward to hearing more from you soon.

    Take care. Pam XXX

  • Hi Mel and welcome, I think most of us have felt like that at times. I feel isolated since I stopped work, don't see many people now. But I went to pulmonary rehab that helped and I am doing an Open University course, that stops me getting bored and I do what I can in the garden. We all support each other and help where we can. You will never be lonely,there is always someone to chat to. Keep posting and let us know how you are doing. Take care and have a lovely weekend 😊 xxx Bernadette

  • Lol...down in the dumps is pretty much par for the course. However as you learn about the condition and realise there is so much you can do to help yourself your prospective changes. For example exercise is very important. I started out doing small amounts but now I am suprising myself on what I can do. Yes we all have bad days but as I see it take one day at a time keep trying and you won't go far wrong.

  • Hi Mel, welcome, glad you've joined us. Everyone gets fed up and miserable at times, its unavoidable and perfectly normal. I find socialising and exercise are the main things which lift me up. Bernadette mentioned pulmonary rehabilitation which has helped many of us. Has your GP ever mentioned this? It's a course of exercises and education tailored for people with copd and other lung conditions (though usually most people have copd). It's run by specialist physiotherapists and you need a referral from your GP so if you haven't done it already, please do mention it to her/him. I hope your thyroid issues are getting sorted out as that can bring people down too.

    If you have questions about your condition you can always phone the BLF helpline - 03000 030 555 office hours. Their nurses are supportive, friendly and very knowledgeable. Take care :)

  • Hi Mel, sorry to hear you have been feeling down - yes, I feel low from time to time but really find exercise helps. Sometimes I procrastinate for ages but the moment I get on the elliptical machine I feel better. Plus spring is here which is wonderful - take care :)

  • It's ALWAYS easier to lay around, sleep and watch the BOOB tube..., or seems so; and that's the worse thing you can do..., the next worse is sitting in front of a computer all day thinking you're "communicating"...

    What's needed is getting back to real life; slowly as needed but by putting one foot in front of the other you can achieve it; getting back to your "same old used to be" is important and while picking up a few tips in groups like this forum is a good idea, it can't be the end all and be all.

    Get up and get to gettin'.....

    Duncan

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