MS Grief and Multiple Sclerosis Stress,
After the Loss of A Loved One
When it comes to MS grief, the death of a loved one,
relative or even close friend can be very traumatic.
After the initial shock has set in...now what?
Often the death of a relative or someone, who you live with, can mean
drastic changes in your living arrangements or in how you are going to
survive after the traumatic event itself.
It is tough enough dealing with the stress that the death of a loved
one, relative or someone, whom we were close to, can bring but other
stresses can also present themselves by the worry and stress that may
also follow by you having to move or having to change drastically what
you are able to physically do from day to day, which can increase the
stress and its effects on actually setting you up for more MS attacks,
excitations or relapses.
Stress along can aggravate or even cause more MS attacks or relapses to
appear, which can set back your recovery from previous relapses, but to
have too many of the typical stressors that can enter our lives to
occur way too closes together...
...this can even be more than your body can handle all at once when
Multiple Sclerosis is present.
But what can you do to reduce the internal and external stress that you
feel, if this is happening to you?
The following tips can help you to minimize the stress and survive the
tougher times in life that are closer to a traumatic experience, like
the death of a loved one, a relative or close friend.
Tips on surviving MS grief and the stress of your life
changing after the death of a loved one can include:
it yourself and maybe even others around you that you don't like the
changes going on in your life, while it happening.
All too often we can either deny how we feel or act like we have to be
strong and just accept it.
Just because things sometimes happen to us, which are out of our
control, doesn't mean that we have to like it.
what you feel that you need to do for you to get through it all.
Sometimes we need to sort through physical objects or things that
belonged to the person that died and that can be a tough job.
This is especially harder to do, if you have a shorter period of time
or a deadline that you need to meet by when you need to be done doing
But sometimes, just getting it done and working through the grief later
can cause us to stress out much less than if we think about every
little thing as we have to do it.
yourself to grieve, when the stress starts to build up to be too much
for you to handle.
Crying is a good outlet of our emotions, when the stress becomes too
much for us to handle.
Allow yourself some time to think through things...as in re-evaluate
where you need to or want to go from here.
The death of someone close to us can make us re-evaluate our lives.
That isn't necessarily a bad thing, but we need to figure out what is
really important to us in our lives.
Death has a way of helping to clarify what is important to us in our
a support network, support group or other friends that you can talk to
about the feelings that you are going through, who will be supportive
and let you "talk it out".
Find an MS support group or a grief counselling group to help you to
work through the MS grief.
* Do what you can to help improve your situation in some
Sometimes this is easier said than done, but doing something, even if
it seems small can help to relieve the internal stress or even the
external stress that you are feeling, while going through moving or
changing something in your daily life, after the death of a loved one,
relative or close friend.
you need to.
through things if you need to.
things out or give things away if you need to.
move if you need to.
whatever you need to do for you to get more order back in your life.
thankful for who is still in your life, who is supporting you and
helping you through this stressful time for you.
Sometimes, it helps to change your perspective, when you make an effort
to be thankful for those who help you through the trying and stressful
times in your life.
It may seem difficult at first to be thankful, when you are going
through MS grief, but the attitude of gratitude can make all of the
difference in you making through the stress, without you suffering more
major MS attacks or relapses.
sit and drive yourself crazy over analyzing things or thinking through
things over and over without doing something.
to think about things...we all need to do this from time to time in our
lives, but don't set yourself up for major depression to set in by
driving yourself crazy about everything that is stressing you out.
suggesting not to grieve, for it's part of the healing process, but
allowing yourself to focus on becoming upset about everything that is
changing in your life after the death of a loved one, relative or close
friend will just set you up for more MS relapses or attacks to occur.
internalize the stress rather than finding ways to work through it and
find ways to go on living life again, this increases the adverse
effects on your body by causing your nervous system to short circuit
even more than the Multiple Sclerosis can cause by itself.
suggesting that you forget the person that has died, but to the
sake of the person that you were close to, who has died, find a way to
go on living as a tribute to how much they loved you and how much you
has a strong connection to your physical body.
use your thoughts and/or your emotions to help guard your body from
more harm, because of the effects of MS
your body, or you can use focus your thoughts and your feelings for a
prolonged period of time in a negative way, which can greatly impact
how severe the MS relapses and attacks can become.
Don't let MS grief and the stress that this can create ruin the rest of
Do what you can to minimize the stress and find ways to do the tougher
things that need to be done to get your life back to the point where
the stresses are not controlling your life.
Reducing the stresses on your body is key in reducing the MS relapses
or attacks, which can result from grief on Multiple Sclerosis.
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