Combating Social Isolation
Asthma comes with its own set of unique challenges. I am a social butterfly and I love getting together with friends and family as often as I can. But sometimes my asthma creates social isolation since it has other ideas and keeps me at home. This can lead to feelings of being socially isolated and cut off from the outside world.
Fighting social isolation with asthma
We do what we need to do to protect our precious lungs and, at times, that means missing out on things we so desperately want to do. While it might not be the same as getting out of the house, there are some things you can do at home to combat social isolation when living with asthma.
Online support groups
In this digital age that we live in, there are literally hundreds of online support groups that you can join for just about anything you can think of. Support groups specifically for asthma are amazing and they can be a source of great comfort in knowing that you aren’t alone in your breathing struggles and that there are others who are dealing with the same.
But don’t limit yourself to only asthma groups, join others that are of topics you enjoy. For me personally, I have made some of my very best “internet friends” in online groups and am extremely grateful for each and every one of them.
Whether it is a new hobby that you want to learn or something you already enjoy, it can help pass the time and keep you occupied when you’re home. I am an avid cardmaker and I also enjoy playing guitar.
Weather and lungs permitting, just being outside can be very uplifting and renewing. Of course, you’d have to take into consideration things like pollen counts, etc., but I love to just sit outside with a good book and enjoy the fresh air when the weather is nice. My favorite times to be outside are the morning and at dusk, as long as no one near is having a bonfire which we all know is an asthmatics worst enemy.
Pick up the phone
Online chatting is great, but actually hearing the voice of a friend or someone you love can brighten your day. Video chatting is also great because you can see the person you are talking to which brings the conversation to a whole new level.
Check in with your doctor
Keep in touch with your medical team. If your asthma is keeping you home be sure to keep your doctor in the loop, especially if things aren’t getting better or if you drop into the yellow or red zones of your asthma action plan. In this digital age that we live in, many doctors offices offer virtual video visits as well as access via email.
Take it easy
Sometimes our asthma causes us to have to miss out on the things we want to do. These are just a few things that can help combat social isolation that comes when our asthma is acting up and we need to take it easy until our lungs chill out.
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