Living with essential tremor is challenging, and not something you can truly prepare for. When symptoms begin, it can be hard to adapt. So, how could you handle this? We have a few tips for treating and living with your essential tremor as normally as possible.
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Get the help you need
Of course, our biggest piece of advice is to get professional help for your specific needs. Since everyone is different and things affect each of us differently, it is important to seek the proper care. Though there is essential tremor medication, it is vital to speak to your healthcare professional to make treatment decisions. They will be able to help you understand your options and see where it can lead you. Though it isn’t easy to ask for help with most things, getting help with your tremor can make a huge difference.
Be kind to yourself
Part of being on any journey in life is to be as kind to yourself as best as possible. So, we are sure it comes as no surprise that you need to be kind to yourself on your medical journey as well. Listen to your body and your mind and see what it needs. If you are stressed, take time to treat yourself to a relaxing day. Engage in something you enjoy such as treating yourself to a face mask, bubble baths or a cold shower, meditating, or potting a new plant. Don’t underestimate the power of a good rest day. It can help to refresh you and give you a new outlook on your current situation.
Inform and educate others
When something new happens in your life it is best to educate yourself on your new reality. And when educating yourself, it can be extremely beneficial to educate others, too. By letting your family and friends know what you are going through, it will make it easier for them to understand your new needs and wants for your life. It will help them to see things from a new perspective and through your eyes. This can also make room for grace and growing together during difficult life adjustments. This is a great opportunity to invite your loved ones for a meal or a glass of wine. It makes for a low-stress evening of education.
Allow for flexibility
Life changes often shake things up quite a bit. That means your routine might be out of whack and it can put you out of sorts. We suggest trying your best to allow for some flexibility. Don’t lock yourself into a set routine, until you are sure what your days with your tremor will bring. We suggest allowing for flexibility and openness. This can make it so you aren’t setting yourself up for a disaster or a moment to fail. Keeping a digital family calendar will make it so you are able to make changes and adjustments quickly, and everyone will get the memo.
Enjoy the little things
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Enjoying the little things in life helps to make everything more enjoyable. So, seek out happy moments, stop and smell the roses, be fearless, take pictures and document your joyous times, and make it so you are seeing all the beauty the world has to offer. It can make a tough day more memorable and you will be so glad you invested in yourself and your own happiness.
We know that this isn’t going to be an easy road, but it is not an impossible one to go down. You’ve got this.