7 Tips for Reducing Stress When You Have Alzheimer’s Disease

Living with a chronic illness like Alzheimer's disease can bring a lot of stress and anxiety, but as with all illnesses, stress can make symptoms worse and negatively impact overall health. It's impossible to completely avoid it, but there are ways to better manage stressful situations, help to offset the effects, and improve quality of life. MORE: Better understand Alzheimer’s disease in just three minutes We've put together a list of ways to reduce stress with help from the Alzheimer's Association. 1. Identify what causes your stress: Identifying the sources of your stress brings you one step closer to eliminating or reducing these situations. These triggers will be different for each Alzheimer's patient but recognizing and avoiding potential triggers where possible, will help improve your mental health. 2. Address the stress triggers: Once you've established things you find most stressful, talk to your care providers, doctors and family to see what they can do to help you avoid those situations or make them less stressful. 3. Establish boundaries: Explain to others what your boundaries and limits are so they don't inadvertently put you in stressful situations. 4. Find simple techiques to help calm you: Use stress relief tactics to help minimize anxiety-filled situations. This could include deep breathing, walking around, listening to music, watching television, meditation, working in your garden, having a bath...whatever helps to make you feel calmer. MORE: Discover the major difference between Alzheimer's
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