• Try to identify what "triggers" your anxiety.

  • List coping strategies that have helped in the past.

  • Talk with others, such as a support group or online forum, about your anxiety.

  • Continue to gather information about your loved one’s particular rare disease and its treatment. Knowledge of what is going on can help relieve anxiety.

  • Engage in activities that you find pleasurable and distracting, such as listening to your favorite music.

  • Use relaxation techniques, such as controlled breathing or guided imagery. For example, imagine a pleasant scene in your mind.

  • Surround yourself with friends if it is relaxing.

  • Use prayer or other types of spiritual support, such as meditation.

  • Talk with your health care provider about prescribing medicine to help reduce your anxiety.

  • Get a massage. Massage therapy can relieve your tension and help you relax.

  • Express your feelings and concerns to others.

  • Limit your caffeine intake. Try to decrease your intake of coffee, soft drinks, tea, and chocolate as these all contain caffeine.

  • Avoid alcohol, which can increase anxiety.

  • Exercise can help reduce tension. Try walking or yoga.

  • Get help caring for your loved one so you can have some time to yourself. Remember, caregiving is more than a one-person job.

  • Ask your health care provider for a counseling referral if these tips are not helpful.

 

 

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