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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Strategies to Control Fears - An 8 Step Technique

Strategies to Control Fears – An 8 Step Technique

It’s completely normal to feel afraid, but you don’t have to let fear overcome you. And you won’t—especially when you’re armed with these eight simple steps. It’s easy to get caught up in the “what ifs” of your diagnosis and this can often times lead to intense feelings of fear. With this eight-step process, the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America…

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Relax. No, seriously.

Relax. No, seriously.

Stress is an inevitable side effect of being diagnosed with MS. The problem is many people with MS say they experience more symptoms during stressful times. But if you master the art of relaxation, you’ll find that the stress—and your symptoms— become much easier to manage. So learning to relax and keeping your stressors under control is essential. Of course,…

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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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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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Power Your Positivity

Power Your Positivity

“Look on the bright side.” “The glass is half full.” “Keep on keepin’ on.” These may be somewhat trite phrases, but their sentiments are the same. It’s all about the power of positive thinking. Believe it or not, a good dose of can-do attitude can work wonders. And it’s not just all in your head. By taking action and engaging…

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The Three-Quarters Rule for Reducing Stress

The Three-Quarters Rule for Reducing Stress

There’s no question that life can be complicated and often stressful. One easy way to turn the stresses of daily life down a notch is to apply what Frederick Foley, PhD, calls “the three-quarters rule.” The basic idea is that if you’re three-quarters out of anything, take care of it now to eliminate potentially stressful situations. For example: Fill the…

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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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Small, Simple Steps to Help Reduce

Small, Simple Steps to Help Reduce

We’ve all been there. Whether it’s paying the bills on time, being stuck in rush-hour traffic, picking up the kids from soccer practice, or meeting a deadline, there are lots of stressful situations that can make daily life feel overwhelming. Even though you can’t eliminate stress altogether, there are many little things you can do to help reduce it: Simplify…

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Memory Tools Keep You Living Well

Memory Tools Keep You Living Well

For many, the cognitive challenges associated with MS can be the most difficult to deal with on a daily basis. People with MS cognitive dysfunction are embarrassed and frustrated that their symptoms may make them appear to be drunk or air-headed or high on something. If you’re one of those with MS-related cognition impairment, know that you’re not alone. It’s…

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Find Answers Online with the National MS Society

Find Answers Online with the National MS Society

Social media and online groups offer an abundance of information for people with multiple sclerosis. They provide an easy and anonymous way to ask questions and seek answers from experts or others who live with MS every day. But not all online sites are reliable or useful as a support source, so if you want to participate, do a little…

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