Changes to your lifestyle can help you manage symptoms and prevent flare-ups or worsening of symptoms. Your coping skills and attitude toward your illness are important factors in successfully managing the disease. Habits to consider include:

    
  • Get regular, moderate exercise.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Practice stress-reduction techniques.
  • Avoid excessive heat.
  • Avoid infections.
  • Get adequate rest.
  • Eat a Healthy Diet

    Doctors recommend eating a healthy diet. It should be low in saturated fat and rich in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables . The fiber in grains, fruits, and vegetables helps prevent constipation .

    Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish oil, are sometimes recommended for people with MS. It is not clear if omega-3s are helpful for this condition.

    It is also important that you drink plenty of water. Aim for 62 ounces per day, about 8 glasses. Avoid drinks that cause dehydration , like caffeinated beverages.

    Practice Stress—Reduction Techniques

    Many people with MS notice that stress makes symptoms worse. Consider getting regular massages and participating in other stress reducing practices, such as meditation , yoga , and relaxation. You may also find it helpful to join a support group . These groups can provide emotional support for you and your family.

    Quit Smoking

    Smoking may worsen MS symptoms. It can make MS progress to a more severe form. If you smoke, talk to your doctor about your options for quitting. There are smoking cessation classes, online self-help programs, nicotine replacement products , prescription medicines, and many other options.