How Do You Keep Stress Under Control?
Everyday Health:What do you do to keep stress under control?
Lauren Neenan:I first try to take a few deep breaths if I'm very stressed out. That usually helps a lot. I also like to take a walk with my dog if I’m feeling up to it to clear my head. I do other things, like shoot baskets and listen to music, depending on my level of stress. Spending time with family really helps a lot too, or watching a funny movie.
Ann Marie Johnson:Often stress is unavoidable in life so I control what I can, like how I deal with it. I've learned it’s okay to say no and delegate to others. Even superwoman wasn't superwoman all the time!
Christine Homayounifar:Keeping stress under control can be extremely challenging. I try to stay organized to avoid creating stressful situations. Something as simple as preparing your things the night before can help, so when you are leaving the house you are not frantically looking for your car keys. If I feel stressed, I try to take a minute to step away from the situation and focus on something that makes me happy. A few deep breaths help. If I am at home and all else fails, a cuddle with my daughter’s cat does wonders!
David Greenstein:For me, exercising provides the release I often need to manage stress. I have had MS for more than 29 years and my condition is secondary-progressive. Therefore, due to my declining abilities, I have had to change and reinvent my exercise regimen. But exerting myself to the best of my ability gives me an unmatched rush! While strenuously exercising is temporarily fatiguing it is outweighed by the longer-lasting benefits of increased strength and accomplishment.
Rosalind Kalb, PhD:Much of the stress of living with MS is related to its variability from one day to the next and its unpredictability over time. To help yourself feel more in control and less stressed by all the uncertainty, take the following steps: Get educated about the disease and its treatment options; work with your healthcare team to manage your physical, emotional, and cognitive symptoms; take time to build and nurture your support network (there’s no need for anyone to manage this disease alone); and prepare for the unpredictable future. Financial and career planning can help you feel less vulnerable and more secure, whatever the future brings. Contact the at 1-800-344-4867 for strategies and resources.
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