Learn to Identify Stress

It is essential to be able to identify stress before you can do something about it. Sometimes stress makes itself completely obvious, such as when you are stuck in traffic and late for an appointment, or your dystonia symptoms suddenly worsen at the most inconvenient moment. But sometimes we get so accustomed to the pressures of everyday life and the added demands of living with a chronic disorder that we don't realize how stressed we really are. One technique for assessing your own stress levels is to imagine a 'Stress Scale' that measures from 1 to 100. One is the calmest and most relaxed you could be, and 100 is the highest extreme of fright and panic, equal to how you' feel during a major catastrophe. Ask yourself how you feel at this moment? where are you on this scale? This may give you a new insight into how you are feeling.

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The Dystonia Medical Research Foundation (DMRF) has served the dystonia community since 1976. Join us in our global effort to find a cure.