By: Doug Ankerman
2022 is over and you are already ankle-deep in 2023. What will this new year bring? No one knows for sure. But I believe you can give yourself an edge for the better with a few small, but subtle changes. Here are some ways to start…
- Stretching before bedtime eases a jittery body.
- Drink drink drink water.
- MS is relentless. Be relentless right back.
- Do what you can to improve what you have.
- Slip-on shoes are wonderful.
- Read out loud to strengthen your voice. (Keep your belly tight)
- Waggle your fingers. Wiggle your toes.
- Forget the music. MRI-time is nap-time.
- Take lukewarm showers.
- Get as much done when your energy is highest. (Mornings for me)
- Invite no one to your pity party.
- Move what you can as much as you can. Then do it again.
- Routines may be boring but are essential with MS.
- Staying hydrated eases constipation & muscle spasms.
- Clean out the damn rollator basket.
- Wall-walking is a talent.
- Focus on what you CAN do. Not what you CAN’T.
- Exercise/movement burns energy-but gives back so much more.
- Big handle silverware is cool.
- Breathe deeply. In through the nose. Out through the mouth.
- A clear pee is a good pee.
- Crawling is not just for babies (and is good exercise).
- Take meds at the same time every day.
- There is no magic pill, shot or infusion. You gotta work it too.
- Leaving yourself a note/list eases your mind.
- Be inventive. Use what you have to scratch your back.
- Put your stuff away in the same place so you can find it.
- You don’t need a gym. Just roll around on the floor for a workout.
- When will this list ever end?
- Pull-over tops are easy AND fashionable.
- Move it, use it or lose it.
And finally, MS never stops. Neither should you.
Well, I hope this helps. Here’s to your best in 2023!
Doug writes silly stuff about MS and other topics on his humor blog at myoddsock.com