Keeping up with your social circle is a good way of keeping difficult emotions at bay and living in the here and now, so it's important you don't cut yourself off from the people you enjoy being around.

If you feel a little anxious about socializing, there are a few simple things you can do to make it less stressful and more enjoyable again.

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REMEMBER
THE TWO Ps

Planning and preparation. If you know in advance what a situation will be like, then you can prepare for it. For example, you could figure out the least tiring route to doing something, make sure you have time to rest before and after doing it, and always carry your rescue inhaler.

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SHARE YOUR
FEELINGS

Remember that having the support of friends and family can reduce your stress levels. Sharing your feelings with people you trust will also help you explore ways in which they can support you practically.

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MAKE ONLINE
CONNECTIONS

You can try free online services like FaceTime, Skype, or Google Hangouts to talk with loved ones. And you can stay in touch with your friends through social media networks like Facebook and Twitter, or even play online board games with a new group of people.

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GET HELP
FOR ANXIETY

If anxiety becomes a big issue for you, talk to your health care team. They may be able to refer you to counseling and relaxation training to help you with these feelings.

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TELL
PEOPLE

Find a way to talk to people about your breathing difficulties and how they affect you (but only if you want to). Showing your family and friends some of the information you may have about your condition, or information that your doctor has given you, could be a good way to start the conversation.

TO CONNECT WITH OTHERS LIKE YOU,

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION