Life can be stressful. Those who are struggling with essential tremor experience an additional stressor: hand tremors make daily tasks, like writing a letter or drinking a glass of water, into a test of patience. Stress management is important for everyone’s physical and mental well-being, but those with essential tremor have an additional motivator for avoiding stress—this is a trigger that makes tremors worse for many. The Essential Tremor Education Center has a few tips for essential tremor patients to manage their stress.
- Massage Therapy
While massage cannot cure or treat essential tremor, it may alleviate some of the stress that triggers symptoms. Massage therapy is now increasingly easy to find and is readily available to many. Those who go through massage therapy often experience reduced stress, pain and muscle tension. If you’ve found yourself stressed out due to symptoms, massage therapy may help you take the time you need to cool down and relax.
Meditation may be a viable option for stress management. It doesn’t have to take up a huge portion of your day—and it’s free. Taking fifteen minutes out of your day to meditate and relax your mind can help lower your stress levels. Also, those who meditate also experience increased happiness, self-awareness, and self-acceptance.
- Manage Symptoms
Much of the stress experienced by those with essential tremor is due to symptoms making it difficult to perform day-to-day tasks. A few small tweaks can help you avoid some of the struggle, such as keeping travel mugs with lids to prevent spilling while drinking, using a signature stamp instead of signing your name on forms and checks, and asking for your food to be pre-cut when ordering at a restaurant. These small changes can help you avoid the situations that can cause stress.
Stress relief is important managing symptoms, but some may still find that their hand tremors have too much of a negative effect on their quality of life. If you’re struggling with your symptoms, essential tremor treatment may be a viable option for relief. Please contact the educators at the Essential Tremor Education Center today at 844-NO-TREMOR to learn what options may be available to you.