Chronic stress can make any health condition worse. But it can be a particular challenge for people suffering from COPD. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis can cause wheezing, shortness of breath and chronic phlegmy cough. The illness itself can be stressful and worsen the condition.
A review article in the journal HEART LUNG reported that chronic stress can lead to feelings of isolation and depression among those suffering from COPD. In addition, the problem with difficulty breathing caused by emphysema and chronic bronchitis can trigger panic. The panic, in turn, causes a flood of cortisol and adrenaline in the body. Over time, these hormones can weaken the immune system and may cause weight gain which can cause more damage to the lungs.
If you suffer from COPD or some other chronic illness, ask your medical doctor for advice on dealing with the stress in your life. Don't be surprised, if you are told to include aerobic exercise in your day which can improve breathing ability and ease stress and anxiety. Having a supportive family and network of friends will help deal with stress. Your doctor may also recommend a nutritionist to plan meals which include antioxidants and vitamins in fruits and vegetables to ease inflammation.
Hypnotherapy is a valuable tool to deal with stress. A session focusing on calmness, peace and relaxation can be of great value to be less stressed and breathe easier. Prolonged stress can make any health condition worse. Hypnotherapy can give you a great chance to BE WELL.