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Don't Stress with MS

June 24, 2016

Stress is inevitable when living with a chronic illness like multiple sclerosis, patients can also experience other emotions of frustration, anger, hopelessness and unfortunately depression. Thankfully, there are many ways in which patients can try to reduce and cope with their stress.  

There are many emotional, physical and behavioral warning signs of stress which are experienced differently from person to person. Although, sometimes people do not even know that they are stressed to begin with, so it is important to notice these signs in yourself and in others.

Emotional signs of stress include things like anger, sadness, mood swings and an inability to concentrate while behavioral signs include overreacting in different situations, acting on impulse, turning to alcohol or drugs and withdrawing from relationships. Some physical warning signs of stress include sweaty palms, chronic fatigue, sudden weight loss or gain and stooped posture.

There are many things you can do in order to reduce stress in this case, starting with having a positive outlook on life and accepting that you can’t control everything that comes your way, which is alright. It is also extremely important that you avoid at all cost turning to smoking, alcohol or drugs in order to reduce this stress. You can alternatively try reaching out to others and share your feelings in order to get some insight or attend support groups where you can hear from others that may be experiencing the same things as you.
There are also many things you can physically do in order to relax. On our blog we have written posts on many of these methods including engaging in activities like yoga, Tai Chi, Reiki and reflexology along with other ways to relax. Exercise and a healthy diet are also very effective coping methods and ways to reduce stress.