Patients with Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS) can feel a loss of control over their lives after being diagnosed with a chronic disease.
Dealing with new physical challenges, chronic pain, and fatigue make patients more likely to experience stress, anxiety, and depression. Because treatment is usually focused on the disease’s physical symptoms, signs of anxiety may go unnoticed. Here are some tips that may help when you’re experiencing anxiety:
Try to put your worries into perspective, and replace negative thoughts with positive ones. It’s easy to focus on negatives, so find strategies to focus on the positives.
Do your best without seeking perfection
Set realistic goals, and celebrate your successes without striving for perfection.
Get enough sleep
Caffeine and alcohol can worsen stress and anxiety, so limit your daily intake and get enough sleep. For some people, this may mean setting aside time for naps during the day.
Eat well-balanced meals
Eat nutritious meals, and keep snacks handy. Hunger can sometimes make things feel worse.
Even a little daily activity can improve mood and mental state. If you are unsure of your physical ability, talk with your physical therapist or treatment team to build an appropriate exercise plan.
Find a support group
Find others who understand what you’re going through, and meet with them frequently. Talk about what’s causing you stress so that your anxiety doesn’t build up.
Last updated: Sept. 13, 2019
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