Overcoming Stress for MS Carepartners

  1. What is Stress?
  2. Stress = energy
  3. Eustress- “Good Stress” motivating, stimulating
  4. Distress- “Bad Stress”    stress interferes with healthy functioning.
  5. Burnout- When too much stress results in loss of motivation, interest, energy and engagement with work and family.
  1. What are the different types of stress?
  2. Environmental: Stress from the physical world around you
  1. Space for independent mobility: stairs, doorways, bathrooms at home and in public.
  2. Medical needs: Equipment and medications.
  3. Noise level, lighting, comfortable seating.
  4. Personal space: privacy for things and space for time alone.
  5. Organizational space: Work from home? Medical equipment storage? Medications organized?
  6. Technology needs: need for computers/phones to connect with others and as an information source.

SOLUTION: Change environment/conditions.  Contact MS society with tips for getting needed resources.

  1. Personal: Stress that happens in your head.  Your perception of the world.
  1. How you view your control of your environment.
  2. How you handle not knowing the future due to MS diagnosis.
  3. How you view yourself.
  4. How emotionally reactive you are to stressors.

SOLUTION: 1. Awareness of perceptions

2. Stop/Replay/Rethink

  1. Social: Stress from relationships
  1. work associates
  2. Boss
  3. clients
  4. family
  5. friends

SOLUTION: Work-Clear expectations for Success

  1. Physiological: Stress originating from your body
  1. Broken bones
  2. Cold/flu
  3. prolong/chronic condition

SOLUTION: Good health care, adapt to needs and set realistic expectations.

About Karen Tripp

Beyond being a Christian Counselor and the President of Cancer Companions, Karen loves to read (she's a great reader) and loves to sing (she's a bad singer) in her home near St Louis, MO. Cancer has personally touched Karen's personal life through her dad - a 23 year colon cancer survivor. Impacting lives for Christ through her speaking, writing and counseling fills Karen with a passion which infuses every task she approaches. (except matching socks. Karen hates matching socks.)
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