Treating Meniere’s Disease: Reducing Your Stress
Certain changes may help you manage Meniere’s. Some of these changes are minor. Others require more dedication, such as cutting down on stress.
Reduce Your Stress
Stress doesn’t cause Meniere’s, but it may trigger Meniere’s symptoms or make them worse. Ask your doctor about stress reduction techniques. The tips below can help you get started:
Know what makes you feel tense and how your body responds to tension. “Listen” to your body for signs such as stomach upsets, tensed muscles, clenched teeth, or other symptoms that tell you you’re under stress.
Talk to your doctor about starting a regular exercise program that includes an aerobic activity (such as walking, jogging, bicycling, or swimming). Exercise is a great stress reducer.
Take time out from your daily errands and chores to do things you enjoy and find relaxing. Don’t look at relaxation time as “wasted” time, but as an investment in your health.
Ask your doctor about visualization techniques, deep-breathing exercises, stretching, yoga, and biofeedback. These are all methods that may help you reduce stress in your life.