COPD Lifestyle Changes

COPD is a serious disease. Individuals with COPD face physical challenges, which can often lead to worry and sadness. Learning about COPD and its treatment can help you feel more in control. If you or a loved one has COPD, follow these steps to help cope with the lifestyle changes this disease brings.

  • Don't smoke. If you are a smoker, there are many ways to get help with quitting. Talk to your doctor about products and medicines that can help you quit. Join a quit smoking class like Freedom from Smoking®. Ask your family and friends to support you, and ask them to help you manage your COPD by not smoking in your home or around you. You can also get free support from trained tobacco cessation counselors by calling our Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872).
  • Monitor air quality. Try to avoid dust and fumes and stay indoors on bad air days. Check daily air quality levels and air pollution forecasts in your area. Sources include local radio and TV weather reports, newspapers and online at epa.gov/airnow. You can also download our State of the Air mobile phone app to get life-saving updates on your local air quality.
  • Get a flu shot every year and ask your doctor if you should have the pneumonia vaccine. Use the vaccine finder to find out where to get one.
  • Protect your lungs. See how to reduce your risk of illness.
  • Learn about nutrition. Eat a well-balanced diet and maintain your ideal body weight.
  • Stay active and ask about exercises that will help you to get stronger and breathe easier.
  • Get emotional support. Living with COPD may cause fear, anxiety, depression or stress, but there are ways to find help.

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