“Living with Epilepsy.” “Let’s Talk about it.”

Emotional Stress and Epilepsy.

 

Good evening my friends,

Hoping that you had a terrific day.  Today, I had a bit of a stressful day, and wanted to share with you what I do to help with those “stressful” days.  First of all, in your daily life there are some days with more stressors than others. Stress is a common trigger for some to have a seizure.  The following are a few ideas that I commonly use to assist with my daily stress.  Keep track of any stressful situations, and your own “stress level” in relation to your overall mood.  Very important to monitor it.  One way is to open up and just talk about what is going on with a close friend, family member or your significant other (my favorite).  Next, writing your feelings in a journal or diary to help you with the connection between your stress and a seizure.  Next, exercise daily, Yoga or walking even a quick run. When you exercise your body releases chemicals called endorphins.  These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain or stress.  Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body. Also, try to take a time out from a stressful situation.  Listen to music that makes you happy, watch a movie that puts a smile on your face, and happy thoughts in your mind, play with your pet, if you have one.  Then get a hug from your special someone.

Maria

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