Experiencing personal illness or feeling the pain of a family member's sickness is as stressful as it gets!
But feeling resentment that you're the only one in your family that has Alzheimer's, or getting angry at yourself for getting Alzheimer's has been shown to seriously impact your condition. Negative emotions create oxidative stress, which further exacerbates your Alzheimer's. The oxidative stress increases further weakens your immune system..
Forgive to Live
Learning to “let go” of any anger or resentment will dramatically cut the damaging effects on your body, repaying you with lowered stress. When you're able to forgive others, and especially yourself, you're also repaid with reduced feelings of hopelessness, to the extent that patients experience a greater feeling of well-being. Recognizing this mind-body connection is a major step to a brighter future.
Talk to Your Doctor
Don't be afraid to tell your doctor how you feel. Your doctor is not mind reader. The more you can talk about your feelings, the better the chance of the doctor being able to help you.
You'll actually be helping the doctor, as they depend on as full a “picture” as they can get. They want to hear what you have to say.
Focus on the Positive
Hurt feelings can only hold you back, fueling the cycle of oxidative damage. Rather than dwelling on the anger or hurt, go for a positive outlook.
Forgiveness is for You
Have a “whatever it takes” attitude, because letting go and forgiving is for you, not for anyone else. You are the principal beneficiary.
It's Your Choice
The way Alzheimer's benefited by lowering your stress is highly individual, in the same way addressing other problems are. It's your choice how you address your condition, and when you choose to do so.
From relaxation techniques to herbal therapy, or prescription antidepressant “de-stressors” (the one you decide on is important) is the one you're comfortable with.
De-Stress Your Life. Here's How...
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