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Energy Conservation Techniques

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

Why are energy conservation techniques important?

Energy conservation techniques are used to decrease dyspnea and the feeling that you are using up oxygen. They can also decrease the production of carbon dioxide and lower your heart rate. These techniques decrease the energy you use when you do activities of daily living (ADLs). Pulmonary rehabilitation will help you learn more about energy conservation techniques. Ask your healthcare provider if pulmonary rehabilitation is right for you.

What are some ways I can conserve my energy?

How can I conserve energy as I do my personal care?

Perform as much personal care as you can while you are sitting down. You use more energy if you stand to do these activities.

How can I conserve energy as I do my household chores?

What can I do to feel more connected to others?

Chronic lung disease can make you feel isolated. You may feel too tired to be active with other people. Schedule some social time every week. You may feel more connected and less isolated if you socialize with family and friends. It may only be for ½ hour. Invite friends or family over to your house, or talk to them on the telephone. You may want to join a support group of people who have a chronic lung disease.

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You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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