Coping with tremor

Tremor can affect many aspects of a person's life. Not only can it make daily activities more difficult, it also can have a psychological impact. People may feel embarrassed about their tremor. They may also feel frustrated about the lack of control over their bodies. But there are ways to cope.

Get professional advice

Your doctor can advise you on your treatment options and how to use them. Your doctor may also recommend that you see other professionals, such as physical therapists and occupational therapists, who can recommend assistive devices, exercises, and other strategies to make your daily activities easier.

Master stress management

If you suffer from MS tremor, you know that it can be a source of stress. But did you know that your tremor can actually get worse in stressful situations? Those are two good reasons to learn more about stress management techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, visualization, and relaxation.

Reach for support

Don't let yourself become isolated because you feel embarrassed about people seeing your tremor. Withdrawing from the world can increase your risk of psychological conditions such as depression. Instead, find support from the places that feel right to you, whether that means a support group, friends, or family. Contact your local MS society to learn more about support options in your area, and talk to your doctor if your tremor is affecting your mood.

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