How can I handle stress and prevent my dystonia from worsening?

Stress can worsen dystonia symptoms.

Regular relaxation and stress management can have a profound impact on your quality of life and general well-being. The goal is not to remove all stress from your life, but to rather to deal with it effectively by incorporating simple stress management practices into your daily or weekly routine. The most important part of reducing stress is to manage it before it becomes overwhelming. Aim to create a lifestyle where stress reduction and relaxation become a way of life.

Tips to help you manage stress effectively include:
  • Learn to identify stress.
  • Make a conscious decision to worry less.
  • Practice relaxation and visualization.

Continue Learning about Dystonia


When your muscles contract involuntarily, the condition is called dystonia. Dystonia causes a twisting or clenching of whatever body part is affected. For example, when you have a stroke, the affected arm and hand may be clenched ...

and held in a strange position. Dystonia can be very mild or very severe. It can make your life very difficult and this can lead to frustration, depression or anxiety. See your doctor to treat your symptoms and talk over your frustrations.

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