Skip to main content

Reduce stress with Breathing and Exercise!

#3 in the Stress Awareness Month Series

Breathing and Exercise

Breathing can pull you out of a rage, or stressful moment... It can help quell your pain, calm you when upset... Breathing is a very basic function, yet one we take for granted until the day we have trouble doing it. 

Yoga and Qi Gong can be very gentle, very effective forms of exercise. Do as much as you can... Time yourself, and every week, add another minute or two. Try your best to get in at least a full 30 minutes. Break it up as you please, 1 30 minutes session, 2 15 minutes sessions, 3 10 minutes sessions. Build up more time each week, but don't over do it! Try to not go over 60 minutes a day. 

Here are some videos that focus on breathing: 





 4 - 7 - 8 Breathing Technique

This one works very well! You are getting sleepy, sleeeepeeee.

Because we have COPD please exhale for as long as it takes to clear your lungs. Repeat steps 4 times... Don't do this one more than twice a day. This is GREAT for relieving stress and getting to sleep! IT WORKS! I feel like this is the secret weapon that I should be keeping, but today, I'll play nice and share it with all of you! 



Videos on gentle exercise:

Remember to stretch first! 


Gentle Chair Yoga



This is my personal favorite. Watch and listen while learning the moves. Then, turn on your favorite music and do your daily routine without voice. It is much harder than it looks.



Tai Chi for beginners



Low Impact Beginner Home Exercises (Burn Calories)


Full Stretches.



THIS is what it is all about! Just take several dance breaks everyday! Put on the feel good music and dance!



Thank you so much for reading! Please join us at HOPEforCOPD.

Share away my friends!



Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

What is a Spoonie?

WHAT IS A SPOONIE???I used to look at people so differently. 

Especially, the people parked in the handicap parking spots. I didn't really see them.... Never really thought to much about them. When I did think of them, it was to help them load their van with the groceries they bought, or let them know the door in back was still open. But a part of me, was jealous that they got special treatment. Now... I look at them, HARD. That is now my special parking place! Then I look at myself... 


I don't look sick. 
Sure, I have gained weight due to my illness. But, there is nothing on the outside that screams I need this parking place. I have no wheelchair, no crutches, no service dog, I have all of my limbs. Now, I just look like I am too lazy to walk any further. 


I know. Some of you may know. We have a secret. 
Within our able looking bodies, hides a serious disability. One that takes our breath away, limits the amount of physical activity we can handle, one that is progressing a little …

COPD at 40

COPD AT 40
Hi everyone, let me start by introducing myself.




My name is Justine Peach. I am a 40 year old woman with a beautiful 16 year old daughter and I live in Melbourne Australia.



I used to have a wonderful job that I loved doing. I worked as a nursery hand in a wholesale plant nursery. I moved between two different areas every six months. For the first six months I would be doing all areas of the work place. I would transplant baby plants into trays on a conveyor belt or moving trays of plants to their designated area to grow. Once ready we would be moving the trays from the ground to a trailer attached to a buggy and put them down ready to pick orders. Staking tomato plants, or watering the entire stock. Sweltering on hot days in greenhouses. There were many different areas and depending on staff and stock as to what our job for the day would be. The other six months I would spend at the main nursery department as a dispatch worker. Getting plants ready to load on trucks and be del…

Am I Unworthy Of Love Because I Have COPD?