When you’re living with autoimmune forms of chronic illness, it’s very important to monitor the intensity of your emotional reaction to increased symptom severities. Exaggerated emotional responses to heightened symptom severities will induce a downward spiral.
Becoming excessively upset about heightened symptoms will only serve to worsen those very symptoms. Whereas this advice is relatively to write, at times it’s overwhelmingly difficult to actually follow. I have honestly struggled to fully implement this advice, believe me.
I’m still challenged to not overreact when my MS fatigue is especially severe. However, I’m convinced that doing so only serves to heighten my severity of fatigue. In turn, I subsequently find myself feeling more emotionally upset.
Of course, it’s a completely normal reaction to become upset when your symptoms happen to flare. It’s not optional, however, to learn how to effectively moderate the intensity of your emotional reaction to increased symptoms. Autoimmune diseases are notorious for having symptoms that are extremely stress-sensitive.