Routine activities, such as bathing, grooming and dressing, can take their toll on your energy if you have moderate or severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). But planning ahead and using some simple energy-conserving techniques can help you get through these tasks more quickly and with less effort.

Two key principles to keep in mind: Plan to carry out these activities when you're feeling most energetic, and gather all the supplies you will need before you start.

For other useful advice, ask your doctor for a referral to an occupational therapist. She or he can show you additional interventions that can help you conserve energy during your other daily activities.

Publication Review By: Peter B. Terry, M.D., M.A.

Published: 20 Jun 2013

Last Modified: 20 Jun 2013