5 Tips for Surviving the Holidays

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Tis the season… to be tired.

That is a statement that probably everyone understands, but the COPD patient is especially familiar with this one.   Here are 5 tips to make it through the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

Rest.  Take the time to stop.  You do not have the endurance that you once had, and if you push yourself too hard, you will pay for it in the long run.  You will be too tired to enjoy the sweet family that you have been cooking and shopping for.  Rest.

Do not skip your medications.  Do not assume that the holiday season somehow makes you exempt from taking your medications as directed.  The effectiveness of your medications is reliant upon you actually taking them.  Skipping a breathing treatment or delaying it because you are too busy will only cause you to be short of breath.

Do not pretend to be Super Human!    Now is not the time to try to do ten times more than you normally would do.  Doing this can cause you to “crash”.  Ask for help!  Your family loves you, and they would love to help.  Giving up some of the responsibility will give you some breathing room to enjoy your family around this special time of year.

OldClockManage your time wisely.  If there are dishes that you would like to prepare that can be made days or weeks earlier and frozen, begin making those now.  It will be easier to tackle one thing at a time than trying to accomplish an entire feast in just one or two days.

Count your blessings.  In the hustle and bustle of getting things done and the fatigue, it can be easy to forget what this holiday season is all about.  Family, friends and the birth of Jesus.

Jesus came to this earth, born of a virgin, for us.  He would later give His life for our sins.  Then rise from the dead, clearing the way for our eternity with God in heaven.  The Bible says that there is no other way to the Father (to heaven) except through Him.  John 14:6

If you do not know Jesus as your Savior, there is no better time than now.  Pray this prayer:  Jesus, I know that I am a sinner.   Please forgive me of my sins.  I believe that you are the Son of God, that you died for my sins and rose again proving that you are the living God.  I am ready to change my life and live for You, the rest of my days.  Please come into my heart and life.  I will serve You and trust you with everything.  I acknowledge you as Lord and Savior of my life.  In Jesus name, Amen.

If you have prayed that simple prayer, you are a child of God!  Get a Bible and begin to read it.  I recommend beginning in the book of John.  Find a church that believes the Bible the written word of God and begin attending.

Rest in knowing that you will see your loved ones in heaven now.  “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.”
—Ephesians 2:8–9

I hope you enjoy this holiday season.  Take as many heart pictures, and real pictures as you possibly can.  Life is short, with or without this disease.

If you said the prayer above, please leave a message in the comments.  We would love to hear from you.

May God richly bless you and your family…