My Mind

It’s your move, make the most of it! Here you’ll find practical advice and tools to help keep your mind sharp and focused…

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The Ups and Downs of MS

The Ups and Downs of MS

Depression. It’s a word you’ve heard a million times before and it means different things to different people. To some, it may mean feeling down for a few hours here and there. And to others, it describes a state of sadness that lasts several months. It’s quite common to experience depression during the course of MS. In fact, studies have…

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Don't Stress Over Stress

Don’t Stress Over Stress

With your MS diagnosis comes the side effect known as stress. It’s completely natural, yet unfortunately, it’s unavoidable. No worries. It’s not going to get you down. You can easily learn how to manage and deal with stress in healthy, positive ways.

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Living Well Through Volunteering

Living Well Through Volunteering

If you’ve ever done volunteer work, you know the gratifying feeling you get when you help others in a cause you care about. Doing for others is one way to enhance your sense of purpose and overall well-being. When we share of ourselves, we make connections, use our talents to improve the lives of others, help to solve problems, and…

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A Four Legged Friend Can Be Your Best Support

A Four Legged Friend Can Be Your Best Support

Looking for unconditional love and support as you deal with the challenges of multiple sclerosis? Need a little more support for balance challenges? Think about adopting a dog.  For example, the MS Service Dog Program at St. Elizabeth’s MS Center in Boston, Massachusetts, trains Labrador and Golden Retriever breeds to serve the needs of patients living with multiple sclerosis. “Our trained service…

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Tips for Good Stress Management Assistance

Tips for Good Stress Management Assistance

No matter what the self-help gurus say, nobody ever completely eliminates stress from their lives. It’s just a part of our daily path, as we make decisions that can be difficult and deal with challenging situations. But how we handle the stress we encounter makes a world of difference in our overall health and wellbeing. Sometimes, no matter how hard…

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Acceptance Means Moving Forward

Acceptance Means Moving Forward

Scream, cry, kick, yell—do whatever you need to do. Then, take a deep breath and work towards accepting your diagnosis. It’s the only way you can begin the healing process, in more ways than one.  As the saying goes, “Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.” The longer you spend fighting your diagnosis, the more energy you’ve wasted. That’s energy…

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Know your comfort levels

Know your comfort levels

By paying close attention to how your body reacts to changes in heat, humidity, lighting and other environmental factors, you can create a space that meets your needs. So you always keep your cool. Literally. Though cognitive difficulties and physical problems are two different symptoms of MS, the two are actually more closely intertwined than you think. It’s important to…

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MS is not ME

What is my life going to be like? How will my friends and family react? Who am I with MS? The process of acceptance can be a difficult journey, but read on to discover key strategies that can help you cope.  Things are going to change, but one thing that MS can never alter is your resolve to tackle anything…

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To-Do and Not-to-Do Lists

From stubbornness, to depression to denial, there are a lot of emotions that can lead to wasted energy. The downloadable charts below can help you organize your activities and pinpoint your stressors, so that the energy you do exert is worthwhile.  Chart 1.   Write down all of the mental tasks that you complete on a daily basis, both at work and…

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Refocus Your Life With a Life Coach

Refocus Your Life With a Life Coach

In our complex world, it’s easy to lose sight of the most important person you really need to care for – you! Sometimes we need help to take a fresh look at our lives so we can move beyond the “same old, same old” to create the life we want. That’s where working with a life coach can help. Life…

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