Staying Busy

By Lauren Kovacs

I must say this is easier said than done. 

I am kinda bored actually. I am a homebody, but even I have limits. MS has aged me, too.

I mean, I have always liked birds, but watching them used to bore me. Now I can watch them up close. It is like watching a fight club with feathers. Male Cardinals and Blue Jays are jerks. Bullies. I can watch a soap opera right outside the window. 

Staying busy can be hard, between the need to rest, not get worked up and set off a flare is not an easy balance. You gotta walk the line. Don’t over do anything staying busy.

Find anything you can do, no matter how weird. My body has mostly gone on a permanent vacation. It better be some place fabulous. Thus, my mind is my focus now.

Word games and educational TV programs keep my brain squishy and such. I like watching shows that make me think. Find a show and binge. I love archeology and history. Educational binging creates less guilt.

Between my family, keeping my brain going and binging, I  stay busy. Walk the line. MS stuff,  life, and a hobby could be you all need. Eating chocolate and napping are my hobbies that keep me busy too. Take a break from MS. Stay busy when and where you can.

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