It’s impossible to find someone who can claim to have never experienced stress. You can avoid situations which cause it, but you can’t completely throw it out from your life. However, a person can manage stress.
If you have a chronic disease like Multiple Sclerosis (MS), stress management becomes a necessity. It is helpful to know the warning signs which signal it. Along with this, we will advise some easy ways to keep the negative emotion under control. The tips will help you manage stress and live a healthy life with MS.
Stress and anxiety worsen MS
Multiple Sclerosis brings uncertainty, and this welcomes fear…fear of the unknown, Fear of what the person will experience next. This fear is termed as anxiety. Stress and anxiety have the tendency to worsen the disease. The patient must manage both of these feelings. Stress is very likely to cause fatigue which will negatively affect his or her life.
A Study has shown that stress is one of the common triggers of MS flare-ups and can impact the course of the disease. It can also lead to confusion, and a common MS symptom, depression. Stress can also take away your sleep. It is essential for people with MS to have good sleep. A lack of it is another trigger of MS symptoms.
Warning signs of Stress:
Stress gives several warning signs when stress is on its way. These signals may by physical and emotional.
- Stooped posture
- Sweaty palms
- Weight gain or loss because you either start eating too much or stop doing so.
- Get angry
- Find it hard to concentrate
- Feel worried
- Become sad
- Have frequent mood swings
You’d have to follow these tips before stress strikes, to reduce it and to relax
Before Stress Hits in:
Avoidance: It is so great to avoid situations and people which cause stress. Although, it is not possible to completely avoid every negative happening and person especially if that someone is one of your close relatives. Do so to the maximum extent possible.
Deep Breathing: It is the best way to bring more oxygen into your brain. When you are stressed, notice you begin shallow breathing. As a result, your brain receives less oxygen. Deep breathing gives more oxygen to your brain and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system.
Breathing, or deep breathing, is the best way to lower stress. The best thing about deep breathing is that it is available for free for everyone without any limitation.
Practice this exercise 20 to 30 minutes every day, and when you feel you are beginning to stress out.
- Inhale through your nose,
- Breathe deeply from the diaphragm: Your stomach expands more than your chest,
- Exhale through your mouth.
- Do not think anything and empty your head for few minutes. Just focus on your breathing.
Relax your muscles: Roll your shoulders in forward and backward directions 5 to 10 times. Relax each and every muscle of your body.
Slowly rotate your head two times in clockwise and counterclockwise directions.
Also, change your lifestyle and follow these tips:
- Delegate some tasks if there are too many of them.
- If you didn’t meet each and every goal you had set, it is okay! Don’t push too hard.
- An MS patient must put himself or herself first. So, learn to say ‘no.
- Do not set unrealistic standards and difficult goals you can’t reach. You are not a super-human!
- Take good care of your diet, exercise, and sleep.
- Stay away from soap operas, and news. The media wants to sensationalize and stimulate emotions in masses.
Manage stress to live a healthy life with Multiple Sclerosis. It is your need now.