Face the challenge
-Today, asthma is not at all a barrier to physical activity. In fact, keep your asthma under control, and you can do everything.
One of the most important factors for keeping the bodys natural cleansing process strong is to maintain a lifestyle that does not disturb the natural bodily tempo. When we eat, sleep and exercise in constantly disturbing patterns, the body loses its natural balancing cycles and cannot heal itself effectively. Therefore, regularity in our daily routine is the first step in reducing body imbalances and controlling asthma.
Start your day with the cleaning process of the entire system. As soon as you get up, drink one or two cups of hot water for loosening the secretions of the throat. Think positively about something good, which will help pacify the mind as well as instill optimism in the mind so that the person is prepared for the day.
Go for a walk, or undertake some outdoor activity in the open, so that your lungs get plenty of fresh air. Breathe deeply, and exhale completely, but gently. You will gradually feel the difference.
The need for maintaining hygiene and strengthening the body is significant, so as to have better resistance to different infections. Cleaning may include, sun bathing, fresh air and bathing. Sunbathing kills germs. Care should be taken to clean all the body parts which are exposed thoroughly, with water.
Daily self massage with oil, before bathing for 5-10 minutes provides a deep soothing and balancing effect to the entire nervous system. The motion of massage creates heat and friction which enhance circulation and help cleanse chemical impurities that could be causing symptoms of asthma.
Pay special care to the timing as well as the quality of food being consumed. Avoid any spicy, cold, sweet or irritating foods. Have food that is easily digestible, do not stuff your stomach because it could cause indigestion or gas formation. Have food early as well as at regular intervals. Heavy food leads to sudden distension of the abdomen by pushing up the diaphragm, and thereby reducing the volume of lungs available for ventilation.
Take the prescribed medications, as suggested by your doctor regularly. Accept the fact that you have asthma, and be pro-active in treating it. A passive approach will only worsen the situation. Be in touch with your doctor to take care of emergencies and sudden flare-ups. Asthma is not a disease, it is a condition that has to be controlled and it is very much within the patients reach as to how he wants to do it.
Carry on with your daily chores as before. If you are an office goer, or going to school, a housewife or whatever. Day to day work should not stop, unless the situation demands. Asthma, with a slight maintenance of a regular routine, will not hinder your other work. But yes, you need to take certain precautions to help avoid sudden triggers. Always carry your emergency medicines with you such as inhalers or pills, whatever you are using.
Try out some stress management techniques like meditation or yoga. Asthma is often worsened by heightened stress, anxiety and mental fatigue. This is due to hormonal changes that aggravate the nervous system and depress the immune response.
The sleep disturbance that is created by symptoms of asthma increase fatigue, which increases one’s susceptibility to stress, which in turn aggravates the asthma condition a vicious circle. Go in for stretching and flexibility exercises to get a positive effect on the body’s healing response.
Pranayama is an effective way to breathe equally and rhythmically. This helps an asthmatic patient to have more control over breathing pattern. Be aware that correct breathing in other situations, such as rest, work etc. should be practised.
Cut down on unhealthy habits such as cigarette smoking, drinking or any other type of addiction. Healthy mind, diet and exercise will gradually make a asthmatic patient less dependent on cigarettes and other addictions.
Do not unnecessarily waste positive energy by talking unnecessarily or viewing things not worthy etc. In order to preserve the energy, it is essential not to indulge in negative thinking as well as in bad habits since emotional stimulation take up a lot of energy which otherwise can be spent for constructive purposes.
Small changes in the daily routine of a patients life can influence tremendously. Give importance to small but healthy routine which can be easily followed, and will be of great benefit also. The daily schedule can include hot water drinking, application of hot water bags, steam inhalation, sun bathing, candle blowing and certain exercises to stimulate the mind.