Stress is one of the greatest herpes triggers. If you can learn to better manage your stress, you can significantly decrease the frequency of your outbreaks. I recommend doing a daily meditation practice. Meditation alone has been shown time and again to decrease stress. The lower your stress levels, the stronger your immune system will be. It’s your immune system that helps to keep herpes at bay.
I was always a bit skeptical about mindfulness but since contracting herpes I practice it everyday… sometimes just for ten minutes or so, but I have found it really helps to relieve the stress. The main thing for me is that it has helped me to focus on the present and start to get rid of those thoughts of ‘if only…’
I am still confused and have times when I get stressed out (and I’m sure I’ll be on here asking for help!) but focusing my mind and thinking about my breathing has really helped.
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