It’s good to keep active, but when you are breathless everyday activities can sometimes feel overwhelming. Some of the following tips may help.
Save your energy for the things that most need doing, or are most important to you. Before doing a task, consider whether you need to do it. If it’s not necessary, choose not to do it. If it’s a more strenuous task, ask family or friends to help. Do everything the easiest way you can. Give yourself extra time to do things so that you are not rushed or stressed. You will then be less likely to become breathless.
It’s possible to make some tasks easier by planning ahead. For example doing your shopping online or asking someone to do it for you. Most supermarkets offer online shopping and home delivery. You might also find that tasks are easier at a certain time of day. If that’s the case, plan ahead so you can do the things you want to at times when you’re likely to find them easier.
Keep a balance between periods of activity and periods of rest. You may want to take a break during an activity as well.