Living with Asthma
Perhaps the most overlooked aspect of asthma is the process by which those who suffer from it must live with it day in and day out. While billions of dollars has been spent on research, medication and treatment, many simply do not consider what's best for living with asthma and working towards a normal and happy existence. Below are a few suggestions for those with asthma to use at their discretion in order to positively develop their lifestyles to a place where they are happy and healthy.
- Make a plan – This may sound elementary to many, but it's surprising how many people skip this step and simply deal with their asthma on an ad hoc basis. If you want to accomplish something or incorporate something into your life, you need to put together progressive steps to achieve it.
- Obtain medical advice - Regardless of what you want to accomplish, you cannot safely do so without first running it by your primary medical care provider. Every possibility that you consider could include pitfalls that are not commonly known, and it's always best to be aware of any potential problem, no matter how remote the possibility may be.
- Build your medication into your routine – No one can effectively live with asthma without proper medication. That includes the medication you'll need to stave off an attack as well as any daily medication that helps to minimize the chance that an attack will arise. Make your medication as much a part of your routine as brushing your teeth or taking a shower.
- Try different things – Even though you have asthma, you are not necessarily limited in your choices. As long as you're responsible with the steps above, there's no reason for you not to explore the possibilities that excite you.
- Be bold – Some of the greatest athletes in the world have asthma, which should tell you that there's no reason to simply dismiss a possibility because you think it's unattainable. Again, you'll need to properly plan and take some extra precautions, but asthma is not a sentence to sit on the sidelines.
Overall, living with asthma does require some additional basic steps and precautions, but if you take the proper steps beforehand, there's nothing you can't accomplish and nothing you can't dare to explore. Find out what's right for you, seek the proper advice and go for it - living with asthma is something millions of people do successfully every day.