Stress - The biggest trigger!

By: Esther Vasa

As I look back and ponder over all my MS flare-ups in the past, some after I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and some when I just did not know what was happening within my body, I can say that my biggest trigger was STRESS and the next big trigger is my DIET. By far, many MS fighters have mentioned that their biggest trigger for an MS attack is STRESS.

Here are some ways you could manage stress or better keep it at bay.

REFLECT ON YOURSELF: Many times we don't take the time to reflect on ourselves. By taking the time to reflect, we could determine what is most likely to cause stress at any given point of time. By spotting the stress factor, we could eliminate it altogether or at the very least find a way to manage it.

SAY "NO" WHEN YOU KNOW YOU CAN'T HANDLE: Before saying "YES" to a task presented, weigh the pros and cons of allowing this extra task into your life. If you think it is likely to take you to the height of your limits, say "NO" in a graceful manner. If it is truly something you want to take up, then work out a way to ease on a task or two you already have in hand. In other words, prioritize and work accordingly. Also, if you can get help from somebody to get the task done, avail it.

MUSIC, A KEY STRESS ALLEVIATOR: Every now and then, take time to indulge in playing or listening to music. Research has proved that music is a great stress reliever. Not only does it relieve stress, but it also helps concentrate better.

INDULGE IN A RECREATIONAL ACTIVITY: It is highly important to indulge in a activity that is recreational or that you like very much. For example, if you enjoy playing a game, or if you love spending time outdoors with your spouse and or kids, take the time to do so. If your budget and time permit, do go on a vacation just to take your mind off the routine mundane life. Also, pamper yourself with a simple massage session or a lengthy spa treatment. If you enjoy writing or reading books or composing music, just do it!

CAST THY BURDEN UPON THE LORD: Don't entertain even a bit of anxiety when caught unawares by a heavy burden. Just push it onto the ONE that can bear it far better than yourself. Here is a profound verse from the Holy Bible - "Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee." Psalm 55:22. Be of a good cheer, my dear co-fighters!