Stress is a normal part of life. However, the uncertainty of living with multiple sclerosis (MS) can be a burden. Reducing stress can make it easier to manage changes in your life and health.
Eight stress-busting ideas:
- Keep it simple
Don't strive for perfection. The house doesn't have to be spotless. The laundry can wait.
- Plan ahead
Preparing for stressful situations can take away some of the worry. For example, if you have a meeting with your boss, try to practice or role-play your conversation at home. Or if a doctor's appointment is coming up, it may help to reduce stress by writing down your questions and concerns in advance.
- Get unpleasant tasks out of the way first
This way, you can focus on more enjoyable things throughout the rest of your day.
- Eliminate the morning rush
Get up a few minutes earlier, and prepare what you can the night before. Don't complicate the morning with tasks that can be done at other times of the day when you may have more time.
- Ask for help
If you feel overwhelmed by tasks and responsibilities, let your family and friends pitch in.
Regular exercise may have a positive impact on your mental health. Talk to your healthcare provider before beginning any exercise program.
- Turn negative thoughts into positive ones
For example, instead of thinking “I can't do it,” try thinking: “I'll try approaching this differently.” With practice, this can help turn criticism into motivation.
- Take time for you
Relieving stress doesn’t have to be a big production. Read a book, watch a favorite TV show, or have a family dinner. As long as it’s an activity that makes you feel good, it may help.
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