Dystonia: Daily Coping Strategies

Living with dystonia can be difficult, but there are strategies you can use to make day-to-day life easier and maintain your emotional health. Here are 10 steps you can take:

• Treat problems as challenges to overcome.

• Take pride in your achievements.

• Learn about your condition and take responsibility for it.

• Define success as taking good care of yourself.

• Accept the illness and reject “why me?” questioning.

• Be willing to use all available resources for help.

• Live for today, one day at a time — not in the past or the future.

• Know that you are not defined by what you can or cannot do.

• Enjoy small pleasures when you recognize them.

• Know that your value and worth have not decreased due to your condition.

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