Self-Care for Epilepsy

You can do many things to help control your seizures. First, follow your treatment plan. If your healthcare provider has prescribed medicines, be sure to take them as directed. Also, take the following steps.

Man asleep in bed.Track and avoid triggers

Triggers are things that seem to provoke seizures. Keep track of your triggers and try to avoid them. Here are 2 common triggers and ways to cope with them:

  • Too little sleep. Be sure to get enough sleep. If you have trouble sleeping, talk to your healthcare provider.

  • Alcohol and drugs. Avoid alcohol. Never take any illegal drugs. If you do have substance abuse issues, seek the help of your healthcare provider for the safest way to become free of alcohol and drugs. 

Keep a healthy lifestyle

A healthy lifestyle can help you feel good and cope better with epilepsy.

  • Exercise often. Frequent exercise can help keep you healthy. Try to exercise for 30 minutes most days of the week. Yoga is a good choice.

  • Eat well and regularly. Good nutrition can give you energy and make you feel better. Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Avoid skipping meals, because seizures are more likely if you have low blood sugar.

  • Control stress. Keeping stress levels low can help you cope better with epilepsy. To manage stress, try an exercise program.

  • Manage illness. Get proper treatment when you’re sick. Check with your healthcare provider and pharmacist about the risk of seizures with medicines you take for illnesses. If your healthcare provider has prescribed antiepileptic medicines, be sure to take them even when you’re ill.

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