The New Year is the perfect time to review your asthma care and consider how you can effectively get your symptoms under control. Here are 10 New Year’s resolutions that you can take in to the new year (and the new decade!)
- Create (or update) an Asthma Action Plan with your health care provider. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, Asthma Action Plans are crucial to the success of your ongoing wheezy care. Your plan should be updated frequently, especially if your asthma symptoms become more severe.
- Reassess your medication needs. Asthma symptoms can change over time, as well as your lifestyle needs. This can make existing treatment plans less effective than they once were. Updating your medication and drug delivery method to fit into your schedule can improve your quality of life drastically — discuss your options with your healthcare provider.
- If you don’t already have one, get into a regular treatment routine. Well-managed asthma is achieved as a result of consistent and effective care.
- Avoid your triggers and wheezy-proof your home by keeping it clear of dust and other common allergens that can peak asthma symptoms.
- Develop healthy coping skills. Stress is an unavoidable part of life and can exacerbate asthma symptoms. This year, take the time to practice relaxation techniques that help you unwind.
- Be sure to keep on top of recommended immunizations — such as the annual flu vaccination.
- Eat a varied and delicious diet that provides you with the nutrients you need to support a healthy body and immune system.
- Exercise regularly, whether it’s a daily walk, or swimming a couple of times a week, exercise is one of the best ways to strengthen your respiratory and cardiovascular system. Before you start a new exercise routine, be sure to discuss it with your doctor first.
- Have fun! Being wheezy shouldn’t stop you from enjoying your life — it’s essential to take time for things that bring you joy. Whether that’s eating with friends, or taking a vacation, with an effective and consistent asthma treatment plan, you can live your life without reservation.
- Always remember — you cannot take care of anyone else if you don’t take care of yourself first.
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