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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Dealing With Stress and MS

What is Stress?

Stress may be considered as any physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental unrest and that may be a factor in disease causation (the act of causing). Physical and chemical factors that can cause stress include trauma, infections, toxins, illnesses, and injuries of any sort. Emotional causes of stress and tension are numerous and varied. While many people associate the term stress with psychological stress, scientist and physicians use this term to denote any force that impairs the stability and balance of bodily functions.

In the face of a chronic, often progressive illness like MS, people may tend to focus primarily on their physical health and neglect their emotional health~which is an essential component of overall health and wellness. They may assume that being very anxious or depressed is natural, given the challenges of life with MS. But it is essential to recognize and address significant mood changes.

Dealing With MS~related Stress

How we respond to stress has a lot to do with perception. For people with MS, perception may play an even bigger role. MS~related fatigue and depression may affect your mood, while MS may also interfere with basic cognitive functions. Either one of these factors may momentarily affect your ability to view the situation realistically.

Multiple Sclerosis and Stress Management

Whether you've just been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, or you've been living with it for years, odds are you've already experienced some form of MS-related stress. In fact, for some people, stress begins at diagnosis and continues to grow, once they experience the impact MS can have on their everyday lives.

Fortunately, there's no reason to see MS-related stress as something you "just live with." There are many techniques, backed by sound science that may significantly reduce your stress levels. The more you learn about stress management now, the easier it will be to integrate it into your daily routines over time.

Use the following link for a wide range of stress-relieving techniques you can learn fairly quickly and start using right away. While they combine insights from many different disciplines, these techniques have one thing in common: They depend on your ability to step away from denial and accept the fact that living with MS means adaption to a new set of rules.

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