In all of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s easy for anyone to feel overwhelmed. That seasonal stress can compound symptoms of fatigue for people with Multiple Sclerosis. Diane Stelfox Cook urges everyone — especially #MSWarriors — to remember to take time to breathe…
As an Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Advocate and MS warrior herself, Diane Stelfox Cook knows all too well about the struggles of stress-prompted symptoms. During the holidays, it’s safe to say that most people feel drained and overwhelmed. With so much to do and so little time, it’s easy to feel that way. For many people with MS, that worn down, tired and fatigued feeling is an all too familiar feeling. Stelfox Cook and many other MS warriors often experience fatigue as a result of stress. This can lead to other unpleasant symptoms or much worse. A major concern that comes to mind for MS Awareness Advocate Stelfox Cook is the increased likelihood of a relapse, or jump in disease activity. Stress can cause a relapse in patients with RRMS and contribute to accelerated disease progression in people with more progressive forms of the central nervous system (CNS) impacting illness.
With that being said, it’s no secret that stress is unhealthy. That’s safe to say for anyone, whether they have multiple sclerosis or not! But if you do have MS, it is especially important that you remember to take time to cancel out the Christmas chaos. Take time to breathe and embrace the calm of a moment’s pause. Do not let the stress of the season carry over into the New Year by creating symptoms you are fighting so hard to keep away. You can pull through; all you have to do is slow down and take time to breathe!
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