About Selena Fisher

I am a Client Services Specialist at MSAA. I have a Bachelor’s in Psychology, and I am currently working towards my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I enjoy spending time with my family, and making a positive impact in the lives of others.

Home for the Holidays

Guys, it’s November. Um, what?!

I can’t believe we are already in the month of November. It seems like just yesterday we were in the month of March, and the entire country was quarantining. Now here we are in November with the country opened up a little bit more, and we have officially entered into the holiday season. So, now that most of us will be home for the holidays, let’s talk about Continue reading

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Resources for Mental and Emotional Wellness

Anxiety and depression are among the most common symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis. It can be challenging trying to navigate through life with a disease that affects both your body and your emotions. In this blog, I’d like to share some helpful resources for mental and emotional wellness. I want you to know that if you find yourself battling anxiety and depression, there are resources available to help you manage and improve your mental and emotional wellness.  Continue reading

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Coping with Change

Coping with change is something that every human has had to experience at least once in their lives. Whether expected or unexpected, exciting, or disappointing, change is an inevitable part of living life. Learning to effectively cope with change comes with great benefits that can help improve your quality of life. Coping with change can also help lower your chances of experiencing anxiety and depression while increasing your level of resilience. Here are some helpful ways to increase your ability to cope with change.

Ask yourself, “What am I thinking?”

When changes arise, you might find that your mind automatically jumps to the worst possible outcome of the situation. If you notice this happening to you, slow down and take the time to sit down with yourself. Ask yourself, “What am I thinking?” Then, examine your thoughts to determine how rational they really are. You will find that in most cases, the worst possible outcome of the situation is extremely unlikely to occur.

Be in the Moment

During times of change, looking to the future can be a positive experience when it is done with expectation and positive thoughts. However, it can be a slippery slope when you are looking to the future with excessive worry about worst possible outcomes. It is important to be focused on the present moment, and not allow life changes to pull you towards negative future predictions. If you notice this happening to you, stop what you are doing, take a deep breath, and bring yourself back to the present.

Reach out for Support

As changes arise, there might be moments when you are feeling overwhelmed. It is important to realize that during these moments it might be best to reach out for emotional support. Talking with friends or family or even joining an online support forum can really make a big difference when you are coping with change. MSAA offers a great (and free) online community called My MSAA Community, https://mymsaa.org/msaa-community/my-msaa-community-forum, for individuals with MS, their families, and their care partners. This is a great resource for those who are looking for emotional support, especially during times of change.

Remember friends, we might not be able to control whether changes happen, but we can control how we respond and cope with those changes. You’ve got this!

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Helpful Ways to Combat Stress

When living with MS, it is super important to learn simple yet helpful ways to combat stress. Effectively managing stress levels can have long-lasting benefits on your body. Practicing relaxation is more than just a desire to be happy or be at peace. Relaxation is meant to bring relief not only to your mind but also to your body. Practicing relaxation techniques is a great way to help you cope with both daily stressors and also MS-related stress. Here are a few ways to combat stress: Continue reading

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Out of Sight – Not So Out of Mind

Visual disorders are among the list of hidden symptoms associated with MS. Challenges with eyesight are typically considered early symptoms of MS. You could walk by a stranger on the street, and you would never know that they have MS. Hidden symptoms of MS are just that, hidden from the world. However, they are very real experiences for MS warriors. Out of sight is not always so out of mind for MS fighters. Continue reading

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Resources for Keeping Cool in the Summer

June 20th marks the first day of summer, however, the heat didn’t seem to wait for summer to officially start this year. Once May came, the heat wasted no time in making its big debut. June is here now, and we have already seen temperatures over 90 degrees. Woah! Adding MS to that equation can make for an unbearable summer for those experiencing heat sensitivity. I’d love to offer you a few resources that Continue reading

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Ways to Keep Busy at Home

Being forced to stay home and practice social distancing has been an interesting experience, to say the least. It is going to be 3 months that we have been staying at home, and I can tell you that now I have found about a million things in my house that need to be fixed, repaired, or just plain updated. Yes, I am being overly dramatic, but you get the point. This stay-at-home period has definitely inspired me to take on some lofty DIY (Do-It-Yourself) projects since we have limited options right now as to what we can do and where we can go. Aside from home projects, here are some ideas Continue reading

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Staying Socially Connected While Socially Distancing

Having to practice social distancing is super crucial right now as the world fights to overcome the devastating effects of COVID-19. With that being said, social distancing means missing out on opportunities to connect with others face to face which can really put on downer on the day sometimes. After all, we are human beings and therefore we thrive on social interaction. So, how can we still connect with others while practicing social distancing?

Here are a few ways:

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Cultivating Emotional Wellness

Cultivate emotional wellness

Emotional health plays such an important role in your wellness journey. The mind and body are connected which means that your emotional wellness can have a direct effect on your physical well-being. Individuals looking from the outside in are unable to see certain MS symptoms that can influence your emotional health. However, depression and anxiety are very real emotional symptoms that often accompany MS. Unfortunately, because others cannot physically see depression and anxiety, these Continue reading

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How to Manage Your Expectations

As humans, we tend to expect a lot of ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally. You may currently be in the process of creating expectations for yourself or you may have already created them. Just remember that it’s important to manage your expectations in a way that’s going to be beneficial to you. We sometimes put these extremely high expectations on ourselves and then get discouraged or stressed when the expectations haven’t been met by the deadline we created. Continue reading

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