Dealing with COPD, or any tough diagnosis, is not easy, writes a blogger for Pulmonary Fibrosis News. So it’s important to learn to self-soothe.

Take a minute to ask yourself:

  • What are some things I’ve done in the past that bring me comfort?
  • What type of soothing words do I need to hear from myself right now?
  • What kind of music brings me comfort? Could I make a playlist that is ready to go when I need it? If not, who could I ask to create a playlist for me, so I can listen to it on my smartphone?
  • Which Bible verses are soothing to my soul? Do I have the strength to mark them in my Bible, make a list I can access on my phone, or print out to have by my bedside? If not, is there a friend who might do this for me?
  • Would it help to journal, pray, cry, or take a nap?
  • Would it help to call a friend? Is there a friend who would be willing to just listen and be compassionate if I told them that’s what I need right now?
  • What helps to reduce my fears and comfort my heart?
  • Would it help to get a massage, enjoy my favorite drink, or watch my favorite show?

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