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Readers Respond: Ways to Lower Stress for People With Chronic Illnesses

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Updated January 23, 2010

We all have stress in our lives and a chronic illness can add an extra layer of problems that complicates our lives. Everyone has their own ways of dealing with stress, be it an activity that offers some quick relief in a particular situation, or a longer term solution that helps lower stress overall. People with chronic illnesses need to find a way to deal with stress to keep healthy, as stress is known to exacerbate many conditions.

Do Something For Someone Else

I find peace when I do something for someone else. Taking the focus off myself and making others smile not only relieves stress but helps me feel like a productive and valuable member of society. Remember it doesn't have to be something big, little things done with love is what makes a difference.
—Guest Str8laice

Stress Level Solution

Plan ahead, be vigilent in following diet restrictions, remember God made you for His purposes (not your own) and focus on positve, lovely things!
—Guest jthom118

Letting Go

I took a tip from my yoga instructor who said that I should let go of everything that does not truly matter. Of course, that means different things to different people, but for me it means letting go of little everyday annoyances like bad traffic. If you choose not to let it affect you, it can't stress you out!
—Guest Jennifer

Do An Activity You Enjoy

I find the following things I do help lower my stress levels. Weight lifting (and it keeps you in shape); deep breathing in a quiet room alone or going out for a walk. Or doing an activity you enjoy, such as bike riding.
—JITS79
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