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How can I learn how to manage stress to deal with fatigue from multiple sclerosis?

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Managing stress can help ease fatigue. To keep it in check:

  • Adjust your expectations. If you have a list of 10 things to do today, cut it to two and leave the rest for later.
  • Help others understand and support you. Family and friends can help if they can put themselves in your shoes.
  • Use relaxation techniques like deep breathing or visualization.
  • Do things that divert your attention from fatigue, like reading, knitting, or listening to music.
  • Talk to your doctors. They’re there to help.

SOURCES: 

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Fatigue."

Cleveland Clinic: "Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis."

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation: "Fighting Fatigue."

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on September 9, 2020

SOURCES: 

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Fatigue."

Cleveland Clinic: "Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis."

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation: "Fighting Fatigue."

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on September 9, 2020

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