Having MS can be draining and overwhelming, whether you’ve recently been diagnosed or you’re 20 years in. I’ve seen the effects it can have on even the strongest person.
Do you find that there are days when you are just so extremely frustrated with MS-related challenges? Are you mentally drained from trying to remember what doctor you’re supposed to see next? Do you just feel exhausted? You may be experiencing MS Burnout.
So, what’s the key to preventing MS Burnout? I’m so glad you asked.
Self-care. I know. I know. You’ve heard it before, right? Well, that’s because it is so important. Self-care plays such an important role on your mental health. Friends, hear me. You don’t have to stay in the MS Burnout vortex anymore.
“Where do I start with self-care?”
Here are just a few helpful ways you can participate in self-care:
- Find what it is that you love to do and do it as often as you can. Engaging in something that you love is a great way to reduce stress. Some people love to read. Others love to exercise. You might like to go outside and experience nature. Some people love to watch movies. And me? I like to sing. I’m not saying I’m the next big thing in the music industry. But hey, you don’t have to be great at whatever you choose. You just have to enjoy it.
- Acknowledge the good in you. When you look in the mirror as you brush your hair or as you get dressed, mention one good thing about yourself. Say it out loud so your body can hear you. For example: “I am resilient. I am strong.” When this technique was first introduced to me, I could only think of one thing at a time. That’s okay. You will find that as you practice this, your list will grow and so will your ability to battle those MS Burnout blues.
- Find your village. When it comes to self-care, sometimes it takes a village. I encourage you to find your village. Connecting with a care partner, a friend, a family member, a support group, your local church, or even a friendly neighbor can be all it takes to help combat MS Burnout. I’ve always found it much easier to overcome plaguing thoughts or emotions when I have my village by my side cheering me on. If you need help finding a support group, give MSAA a call and we would be happy to help you get connected to resources.
So, remember. Invest in your well-being by participating in self-care activities. It’s a great way to combat MS Burnout and bring a little more positivity into your everyday life.
What are some things you love to do to combat the MS Burnout blues?