Treating Meniere’s Disease: Reducing Your Stress
Certain changes may help you manage Meniere’s disease. 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 disease, but it may cause symptoms or make them worse. Ask your health care provider how to avoid or deal with stress reduction. These tips can help you get started:
Pay attention to what makes you feel tense. Note how your body responds to tension. “Listen” to your body for signs such as stomach upsets, tensed muscles, clenched teeth, or other symptoms.
Talk with your health care provider about starting a regular exercise program. Exercise is a great way to reduce stress. Include an aerobic activity (such as walking, jogging, bicycling, or swimming) in your exercise program.
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. Instead, think of it as an investment in your health.
Ask your health care provider about visualization techniques, deep-breathing exercises, stretching, yoga, and biofeedback. These are all ways to help reduce stress.