Your mood and anxiety

9) Key messages

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Remember breathlessness related to anxiety is normal. It is your bodies way of trying to help you in situations which you find difficult or in which you worry about your ability to cope.

Explore and understand the triggers for your anxiety. If you find anxiety is becoming a problem which is affecting your day-to-day life. If you think it is affecting routines, or you notice you are worrying more about situations, your health, and your ability to cope, you should contact your GP or speak to someone to seek advice.

There are lots of strategies that can help you cope with stress and anxiety and manage your lung condition.

Learning to recognise and use coping strategies helps you to manage your breathlessness, other symptoms and situations. Self management strategies support both your physical and emotional wellbeing into the longer term.

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