Studies have shown that after 6 lessons in Mindfulness patients with COPD have shown significant improvement in exacerbation and improvements in emotional function. Mindfulness Exacerbation. How Do You Handle Your Exacerbation? They have also experienced greater pain reduction with increased attention span along with better sleep and improved overall well-being, While in Respiratory Rehab I began to study Cognitive Behavioural Techniques. It was there that I began to journal every day and to get a better understanding of myself and what my body was telling me.

Mindfulness Makes an Exacerbation Easier

Staying in the moment with your commitment to self-care along with a willingness to be relieved of stress and anxiety. You should have the intention to be present by giving yourself permission to use all of your senses and accepting what is happening without trying to change it and by making thoughtful choices in the moment

You don’t set aside a time of day to be mindful, with practice we become mindful all day, everyday

Mindfulness Exacerbation Makes Pacing and Slowing Down Necessary

Slowing down and focusing only on the task at hand while pacing yourself and taking as much time as you need to carry out what you are doing.  Connecting with all 5 of your senses and acknowledging the feelings of happy or sad, mad or glad and then letting those feelings go.  Studies have shown that mindfulness improves your emotional function while increasing your attention span simply by staying in the moment and concentrating on what you are doing. It also reduces pain and increases your overall well-being including sleeping. Mindfulness, it is said, improves your overall quality of life.

Practising Mindfulness


Visiting your journal on a twice a day basis is being mindful and is good practice for you to better understand your symptoms. Writing about what happened, what you felt, what you saw, the things you heard. What have you observed about writing in you journal?

After you keep it going for a few days and you will realize more of what is happening and understand why it is happening.

Hopefully, you will begin to fully understand your symptoms of short of breath and what triggers them and be better able to explain it your doctor.


Feeling the sensation of your feet hitting the ground and feeling your weight as you shifting from leg to leg is part of mindfulness.

Notice the weight of you arms and your hands as you shift from side to side.

Touch and feel the textures of what surrounds you. Notice the cracks in the sidewalk and the pull of walking up or down a hill, remember the smell of the flowers and hear the birds.

Waking in nature allows you to create an experience, using all five senses. Store this experience in your mind and recall when your situation is not so good. It was this recall I used when I woke up vented with hands tied to the bed.


Mindfulness Breathing

Most of the 20,000 breathes taken each day are shallow breathes. Make abdominal breathing a twice daily habit and do it with an intention of increasing lung capacity and cleaning out residual carbon dioxide.

Sitting or laying if you can, with shoulders back and your chin pointing to your chest  and placing a hand on your stomach.

Take a deep cough. Do you feel that part of your abdomen that popped out? That is you diaphragm. Keeping one hand on your diaphragm take a breath deep enough to move your diagram. This is diaphragmatic Breathing, it is breathing at its best.

Now to practice, take a deep breath in through your nose counting to 7. Holding that breath for the count of 5 while imagining your lungs expanding. Then release that air through pursed lip for the count of 10.


Writing A Gratitude Journal Helps You Through Exacerbation

Being grateful allows us to turn those bad times into good opportunities. Gratefulness allows us to accept positive energy into our lives.

Keeping a list of positive gives us more opportunities to attract more of those good things. Our life allows us to focus on the good things that happen and not the bad things.

Making a list of 5 things you are grateful for today. Begin with a prompt such as, “This is what happened to me today” and then expanding in your story. Talk about your exercise and any other accomplishments.

If you can’t think of what to be grateful for, take you mind back to the worse day of your life, now expand on how lucky you were to have survived it and why you are grateful that time is over.

Eating A Proper Diet Helps Alleviate Exacerbation

only when you feel hungry and stop eating when you are full.  Keep your space clean by cleaning before and after eating and removing all clutter from your space. Turn off all electronics including your phone and the TV.  Use the fine china, using small plates and utensils and eating in a designated place.

Make good food and healthy snacks to encourage good eating habits.

Consume your food slowly, taking small bites and chewing slowly so you can taste the food. Put your fork down between bites and savor the flavours and smell to fully enjoy the experience.

Writing in your food journal after each meal. Noting the textures and tastes and how you felt leading up to the meal as well as after it was over and why.



Practice Makes Perfect To Get You Past an Exacerbation


Mindfulness is Self Control helping you through your exacerbation

Mindfulness practice gives us control over what is happening. How we respond to what is happening along with how we react to everyday situations.

Breathing through this grounding exercise helps you control your thoughts and brings you back to the present.

Everything we do can become an experience. As we store successful experiences in our mind our recall helps us to stay grounded without anxiety.



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