1. Eliminate Excess Walking
You will need to try to consolidate and limit your activity at work, and this is especially true when you are first diagnosed. To do this, try to get a parking space that is close to the entrance of your building. In addition, make your work station close to the door, the bathroom and the break room if possible.
2. Consider Using a Mobility Scooter
If you tend to have a job where you need to walk from office to office or building to building several times during the day, a mobility scooter might be of benefit to you. These scooters can be used indoors and outdoors, and they offer smooth, quiet riding on most surfaces.
3. Make Sure Your Environment is Clean
Things like smoke, dust and fumes can exacerbate COPD, so you’ll want to make sure that your work environment is free of these air pollutants. This may be something you’ll need to bring up with your co-workers or employers.
4. Alert Your Employer to Doctor’s Appointments
Having COPD means that you’ll need to be keeping in touch with your doctors more often. You might need to arrange appointments during the workday, so stay on top of your schedule and alert your employer whenever you need to take time off from work.
5. Try Working From Home
Some employers will allow you to work from home for at least a few days a week. In many ways, this actually eliminates expenses for your employer, and you are able to feel more comfortable as well, so it can be a win-win situation.
6. Consider Slowly Learning to Adapt at Work
When you are initially diagnosed with COPD, you may not be able to go right out and start exercising at the gym, but you can learn how to move better and become active even when you have this disease. Parking closer to the entrance of your workplace or using a mobility scooter are great temporary solutions, but try to make an effort to walk as much as you can.
As you continue to make activity and movement a part of your daily life, it will become increasingly easier on your lungs and heart. Slowly, you will find that the workplace is not something to be feared even when you suffer from COPD.