First day of the year is a great way to set intentions for the year to come. So, we’re here to help you take the first steps into a year that celebrates your lungs, your lung health and your well being in general. Take your time today to show your lungs you care! Let 2020 be the year easy breathing for you.
- Butt out. Eliminating smoking from your life is one of the best things you can do for your health. We know quitting smoking or vaping is not easy. It starts with a decision and making a plan. And don’t worry if you don’t succeed at first try; very few do! Start by setting an intention to quit, so that perhaps by this time next year, you can be celebrating smoke-free life. Let us help you. [ link to https://www.lung.ca/lung-health/smoking-and-tobacco]
- Get out. Today is the perfect day to bundle up and breathe in some fresh air. Exercise is good for anyone. Whether it’s a walk, cross-country skiing expedition, snowshoeing or waking up your inner kid on a sled hill, it’s time to celebrate your lungs. If you have a lung disease, be sure you pick an exercise that is within your limits and stay safe. Protect your lungs from cold air by bundling up in a scarf.
- Dress up. Buy yourself a new scarf. It’s time to #treatyourself. A new scarf serves dual purpose: firstly, you have an excuse to freshen up your winter wardrobe and secondly, you protect your neck and respiratory system from the cold. Your lungs will thank you.
- Breathe in. Breathe out. Deep breaths can have a multitude of benefits not only on lung health but on mental well-being as well. And what better day to set aside a few moments for controlled breathing than on New Year’s Day. Controlled breathing plays an important role in helping you manage the symptoms of stress. Deep breaths help to release endorphins and enkephalins into the system. These help you relax in stressful situations. This is why focusing on breathing through meditation or yoga is seen as a de-stressing and relaxing activity. But of course, it is key to also remove elements in your life that are the cause of your stress. [link to https://www.lung.ca/blog/breathing-more-gas-delivery ]
- Laugh it up. Today could be the perfect day to cozy up indoors and watch some of your favourite comedies. While we wouldn’t go as far as to say that laughter is indeed the best medicine, it does bring a number of benefits. Firstly, it helps your lungs get rid of stale air a bit more effectively. Not surprisingly, laughter also releases endorphins that make you feel happier. And lastly, laughter increases the oxygen distribution and exchange through your body. So, go ahead reach for that guilty pleasure comedy and show your lungs some love! [ link https://www.lung.ca/blog/love-laughter-and-lungs]
What are some of the other things you’re doing today that are celebrating lung health?