How Can I Control My Stress Levels?

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From small challenges like running late, to big issues like moving, changing jobs and personal loss, stress is an unavoidable part of life. Because major events – or our reactions to them – can trigger Multiple Sclerosis attacks, we need strategies to minimize the effects of such disruptions.

You can’t eliminate stress, but you can change how you react to it. As mindfulness guru Jon Kabat-Zinn says, you can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf. Many people find meditation, exercise, keeping a diary or counselling useful. See what works best for you.

For a look at the research on Stress and MS, see the MS Encyclopedia.