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Self-management and self-care describes ways in which a person with epilepsy can take control over the lifestyle and emotional impact of their condition. This can be done by reducing or avoiding triggers but also by increasing personal wellness and coping skills. Some hospitals may run self-management or stress reduction classes for their own patients and Epilepsy Ireland also runs self-management programmes around the country.

Epilepsy Ireland’s Self-Management Programmes

Epilepsy Ireland runs free courses in self-management – called STEPS training programmes – around the country. These programmes are for adults with epilepsy and for parents of children with epilepsy. For adults who complete STEPS, Epilepsy Ireland runs a follow-on meditation programme called Innerwise.

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Mind-body approaches such as gentle yoga, mindfulness, meditation, stress management classes and relaxation activities can give much benefit to people with epilepsy. Gentle exercise and creative and expressive arts can all help to reduce tension and promote well-being. Some complementary approaches can be useful in managing stress and supporting people with epilepsy to control triggers and their lives in general.

Physical well-being

Getting regular meals and exercise is important for everyone. It’s best to eat a balanced diet making sure to get regular, healthy meals every day. Regular exercise is also recommended for physical and mental well-being. Our STEPS programmes can help you work on these issues.


Sleep is very important for people with epilepsy. Lack of sleep is a common trigger for seizures. If sleep is a problem talk to your doctor.