Aside from the stress that arises in daily life for everyone, MS creates its own emotionally taxing predicaments, not the least of which is dealing with the unpredictable course of this disease.
The first thing to know is that stress can make any of us feel worse, whether by upsetting our stomachs or knotting our neck muscles. Many people with MS say they experience more symptoms during stressful times. When the stress abates, their symptoms seem less troubling or less severe. Therefore, learning to relax is essential.
But, relaxation isn't something you just decide to do. People have to learn to relax. You will need to discover what works for you, and you'll need to practice.
- MS and Stress (.pdf)
Everyone experiences stress. But what is it, and what role does it really play in MS?
- Emotional Changes of MS
Bouts of severe depression, mood swings, and irritability, pose significant challenges for people with MS and their family members and can add to stress.
- Taming Stress in Multiple Sclerosis (.pdf)
Simplifying daily life. Instructions on muscle relaxation, deep breathing, visualization, and more
- Managing Anger (.pdf)
A women's experience on anger—how to dissipate some of it and to channel the rest into a positive force.
- Adaptive Tai Chi
Deep breathing and slow, gentle movements are the primary elements of this “moving meditation”—and it can be done sitting down
Whether swimming or sailing, working out in a gym, or competing at a round of golf, the revitalizing enjoyment of healthy exercise comes in many forms
- Massage and Bodywork Therapy
Used to relax muscles, reduce stress, and relieve conditions exacerbated by muscle tension
With its emphasis on relaxation, breathing and deliberate movements, yoga is a good choice of exercise for people with MS.