5 tips for beating the January blues

Blow away those January Blues

Just because you may have a medical condition such as asthma, COPD, Bronchitis doesn’t meant you are more sceptical to the January Blues than others. Its that dark time of year when you can turn the blues into a positive whoever you are:

  1. Exercise helps the body and the mind and if you do this regularly it will increase your health and your energy as well as your well-being
  2. Try something new whether this is starting a new hobby, booking that dream holiday or visiting friends that you haven’t seen in a while.
  3. Eating a well-balanced diet can also help. regular meals throughout the day and also a balanced menu will help you feel better, help digestion and give you the correct nutrients and vitamins your body needs for fuel.
  4. Read more – reading helps to relax, de-stress and also gives you some calmful ‘you time’ to get lost in a good novel and re-focus your thoughts.
  5. Get outside – fresh air, daylight and walking will help you mentally and physically and help to blow away those cobwebs.

Asthma Attack back at you!

Here are the top reasons why medical oxygen helps to fight back if you have asthma. For those who suffer from asthma or similar breathing conditions using medical oxygen can help your symptoms and the lack of oxygen you experience throughout your daily life.

  1. The biggest reason is that using medical oxygen means this gives you more oxygen into your lungs. This is the one thing you do need and the most important. Say yes to more oxygen in your lungs!
  2. It means you can not be isolated and can travel, go outside and even explore the world. Medical oxygen can be supplied so that you can carry this portable device with you! Great news book your next adventure as your oxygen can be supplied to you at your destination – see here!
  3. Lastly it helps regain your well-being and health. Be able to breathe again and maintain a good daily life means you will not only be able to do more but this will help you mentally with feeling happier, healthier and remove all those negative effects when feeling down or that there is no way out.

5 tips if you are home this winter and using medical oxygen…

Medical oxygen can help with a variety of needs such as if you have any of the following medical conditions:

Asthma
Bronchitis
Sleep apnea
Emphysema
COPD
Pneumonia

  1. If you use a cannula make sure you clean it every couple of weeks. You can also use a mask as an option too which should be cleaned or changed after a month.
  2. If your portable oxygen concentrator has an external filter, this may need to be rinsed out each week. Always check with your oxygen company for the exact recommendations as this may differ by model or brand of machine.
  3. Stay warm when you are indoors if in a colder climate – keep your temperature at a good level so you do not feel cold and catch other problems whilst sitting at home.
  4. Try and move if you are not going outside as much as the darker nights draw in. To keep mobile make sure you walk around your house and also try and do chair exercises these are great if you are not very mobile and also mean you can watch your favourite programme at the same time!
  5. If you are now at home make sure if you are planning your summer trip away as you dream of your next dose of sunshine to check out and message our team at OxygenWorldwide

Does oxygen help with sleep apnea?

It is natural for your oxygen levels to fall lower when you are sleeping at night. Although some conditions such as sleep apnea may improve with the addition of oxygen whilst you are sleeping. It is very common that people who have an oxygen level that falls lower than 88% whilst sleeping will require some oxygen at night.

Medical oxygen will help improve those low oxygen levels but you can also try exercising regularly and make sure you are not drinking alcohol before bedtime. 

Having a better nights’ sleep will improve your mood, decrease fatigueness and overall improve your health.

A better nights’ sleep will maintain an improvement in your life – discuss all your options with your specialist or GP first.

If you suffer with deprived sleeping patterns this can affect your daily life and well-being.

It is important to try and improve your energy and mood so you can live a balanced and happy life.

Sing until your heart is content…

Now for all of you out there who may enjoy a sing in the shower, bursting out at home whilst cleaning, singing along to your Alexa or Google hone so of you may who may not sing either but have lung problems or breathing difficulties read this!

Even listening to music can help you mentally feel much happier, positive and upbeat (pardon the pun!). This is turn will make you feel so much healthier in day to day life. You may already take part in a singing group or just as a hobby at home or in the car but it is said that due to its positivity an improvement in your health will ultimately help you. Music and other creative activities can make you feel healthier and more positive. There’s increasing evidence that singing regularly as part of a group is good for your soul and health. It seems to be especially good at improving your quality of life if you’re living with a lung condition.

There are no excuses to improve your health with a lung condition especially those who have medical oxygen to aid breathing to make sure you…

Sing to your heart’s content

Now its time to play your favourite classic record, turn on your favourite radio station or watch and discover new music on YouTube or spotify. Create your own set of playlists for you to listen to depending on your mood that day.

Whether this is rock, pop, jazz, swing or simple melodies, classical or rap – any genre of music and singing will improve your well-being.

3 tips on how to prepare for winter

preparing for winter
  1. Keep your medical equipment in safe places and always upright and any spares keep away from heat indoors or behind curtains
  2. Don’t get too hot! Keep any portable oxygen concentrators, medical oxygen tanks away from fires, candles, stoves and heaters that are on during the colder months to avoid explosions.
  3. Going outside? Prepare well as extreme changes in temperature may cause condensation in your tank or cracking on any tubing. Keep what you can under your clothes or a blanket to kept equipment insulated.

3 ways to help cluster headaches

Cluster headaches happen in periods and are one of the most painful type of headache with very intense pain – usually in the middle of the night when you are trying to sleep. Here are some types of treatment that can help relieve cluster headaches:

  1. Oxygen – Using oxygen can help reduce and give relief of symptoms. Using this method of oxygen is safe and there are many portable oxygen concentrators available to hire or buy on the market. If you need to go on holiday then you can speak to OxygenWorldwide to help arrange what oxygen you need whilst abroad.

2. Triptans – This is an injection format to teat the headaches and used mainly for the less aggressive migraine. To start with you can go to your GP or specialist to learn how to inject to begin with. This method acts faster than for example inhaling with a nasal spray but you may feel more comfortable with a spray than an injection.

3. Local anesthetics – This method is a better form if you prefer to have something through the nose and can be used over the injection method.

Cluster headaches range in severeness so you would need to discuss all your options with your specialist to find out and discuss what is right for you. Sufferers need some form of relief as it is very painful and disruptive to your day-to-day life.

Oxygen and why babies may need help breathing.

There are many medical reasons for why babies may need medical oxygen when going home such as difficulty catching breathe, apnea and many other airway problems that develop after birth.

Your baby may need a certain type of medical oxygen which may be an oxygen concentrator which can be used throughout the day or night and also allow you to travel.

As long as you have back up oxygen you will never run out.

Careful planning will ensure you can always rely on enough oxygen to last you whilst at home or travelling and keeping all of this attached to your pram whilst out of home and also in your baby’s room at night.

If your baby requires medical oxygen to help or aid breathing speak to your doctor’s to seek the best advice, equipment and what to do at home before you return to make it comfortable and safe for what your baby needs.

10 foods that are high in oxygen

Alkaline helps increase oxygen levels in the blood so these foods will help you get a rich oxygen diet:

  1. Avocados,
  2. Berries,
  3. Ripe Bananas,
  4. Garlic,
  5. Sweet Grapes And Pears,
  6. Raisins,
  7. Apricots,
  8. Asparagus,
  9. Mango,
  10. Watermelon

There are more foods which can help enrich a high oxygen level diet so please do seek nutrition advice from your medical support. Otherwise enjoy all these foods which are high in goodness to help increase your oxygen blood levels and help aid your wellness.

What country beginning with A is safe to breathe?

So one country claims they are the perfect holiday destination for those who suffer from breathing allergies but which ‘A is it???

The Alps in Austria are full of fresh mountain air, low pollen counts and ideal temperatures. Destinations such as the National Park district of Krimml, Tyrolean alps or Obergurgl pine forest are advertised as the perfect holiday for allergy and asthma sufferers with its high altitude levels and cleansed air.

So if you are stuck for a holiday destination that will help you breathe easy take a look at Austria, if the mountains and pine forests are not your chosen holiday then there is always a nice sunny beach in Spain for relaxation and sunshine!

View all the countries we can deliver medical oxygen to when you are away on holiday.