I was reading an article last week about Kristen Chenoweth, a Broadway actress and singer who also is a Meniere’s disease sufferer. Amazingly she is still able to perform despite living with the side effects of meniere's. The way she controls Meniere's is through a low salt diet, lots of rest and avoiding stress. If you have read my blog in the past you know that I don't think much about a low salt diet, but avoiding stress and getting plenty of rest makes sense to me. Especially the avoiding stress part because stress, at least to me, triggers Meniere’s disease.
Stress is a part of everybody's life, no matter who you are. For some folks handling stress is easy and it doesn't affect them in the least. They hold their emotions in check and work through any problem that comes their way. As for the rest of us stress is always a challenge, even if the stress is about things that we have experienced before. We let our fears and emotions get the best of us resulting in the usual physical side effects that come with stress, sweaty hands, nervousness, anxiety, headaches and other things that upset you. Of course with Meniere’s disease stress can cause the dreaded meniere's attack.
What do you do about stress?
I heard of some people having good results with yoga (I never tried it myself) and exercise like walking or running can be very helpful. Meditation and self hypnosis might be beneficial; it would certainly be worth a try. Personally I like to walk because it seems to pick my spirits up and clears my mind to see problems and situations in a better light.
Finding a way to deal with stress is in everybody’s best interest especially those with Meniere’s disease.
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