Living with epilepsy can be tricky but there are some life hacks that can make it a whole lot easier.
Be an expert
Researching your condition allows for a better understanding and helps to formulate a plan of action to gain control over your epilepsy.
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Avoid alcohol and caffeine
Adjust your eating and drinking habits. This will not only help in managing your epilepsy but it will also help to enjoy a more healthier well-balanced life.
Alcohol lowers the seizure threshold and makes it easier for a seizure to occur. It also interacts with many medications.
Caffeine is a stimulant and makes it easier for a seizure to occur.
Avoid drinks that are potentially harmful.
Monitor your epilepsy
Keeping track of necessary information about seizures such as seizure timings, triggers, and changes in behavior, is a good way to manage your epilepsy more effectively. One useful method is to keep your own epilepsy journal.
Invest in tech
There are a number of available epilepsy apps and devices to help with seizure activity. They can monitor bodily changes and may even notify someone for help. Such technology come in many forms such as smart watches, alarms, and fall detectors.
Maintain a sleep schedule
Develop a sleep schedule and follow it. It can be very helpful in limiting the chances of sleep deprivation.
This is one of the leading epilepsy triggers.
Try to include a healthy exercise routine and stick with it. A simple walk or aerobics will help to release stress and stay fit.
Keep an ID card
Never forget your medical ID card when you’re away from home. If in case you experience a seizure, this will provide necessary emergency contact information in order to get help to you quickly.
Connect with others
Feeling alone is common with epilepsy patients and caregivers. Don’t allow yourself to believe this to be true. There are millions out there just like you. You can overcome any feelings of loneliness by joining support groups online and in your local community.
Joining support groups makes it possible to get to know others’ experiences, learn of new coping methods and you may even develop a few lifelong friendships.
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