Stress & How to Handle it


In this leaflet we discuss stress and the understandable effects it can have on people who are living with M.E. – a chronic disabling illness. We consider the symptoms, self-management options, and the drugs and therapies that might help.

In very simple terms, people feel stressed when they can no longer cope with the sort of physical, mental or emotional pressures that occur in normal everyday life. In other words, these stressors no longer help to keep you motivated and ‘on your toes’. They actually make you feel ill. So too much stress, or a failure to cope with what are normal levels of stress, can easily lead to major health problems.

Topics discussed in this leaflet, include:

  • What is stress?
  • How does the body cope with stress?
  • What are the signs and symptoms of stress?
  • How does stress affect M.E.?
  • Self-Help Stress Busting
  • Stress Management
  • Drugs that might help
  • Psychological Therapies
  • Alternative and Complementary Therapies

Telephone Helpline

The ME Association telephone helpline – ME Connect – is available every day of the year, during the hours of 10am-12noon, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm. Please phone: 0344 576 5326 if you have any questions or would simply like to talk to someone who is there to listen.

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