We asked people living with MS to share their top five tips for wellbeing. Here’s how blogger Ann the Poet takes care of herself.
Sing loud and out of tune on purpose. This is usually funny and will make you laugh, so you get all the usual benefits of singing plus the benefits of laughing!
When I had my first MS attack, work was very stressful and I was under a lot of pressure.
Who needs a barometer when you have MS?
I find the cold makes everything sore – my joints, my feet, my skin, even my brain (what’s left of it). It’s painful. I’m bemused, because I also have extreme heat intolerance.
“Just think of it as an enforced rest”, my MS nurse quipped as she rigged me up to the drip – and ain’t that the sad truth. Being a mum of two with MS doesn’t leave much in the way of ‘me’ time, but I’m not sure sitting in hospital was what I had in mind!
After his MS diagnosis Nick adapted the way he cooked. He’s keen to spread the word that disability doesn’t have to stop you doing what you love. Now he’s got rather a lot on his plate – his Facebook page ‘My Easy Suppers’ has around 17,000 fans.
Soon I’ll be going to the gym. I'm very tired and part of me wants to stay on the sofa but exercise can be good for fatigue so I’ll go - and enjoy a brew with my friend afterwards. Just arriving at the gym feels like an achievement, so doing some exercise while I’m there is a bonus!
For some it’s the most wonderful time of the year, but for others Christmas is full of stressful last minute shopping trips and burnt roast potatoes.
With tinsel, wrapping paper and turkey all fighting for your attention, it can be difficult to manage your MS during the busy festive season. To help, we asked some people with MS for their top tips.
We take a plant nearly as tall as a room, move it into a house already chock-a-block with stuff and then hang breakables from every branch… What could go wrong?
MS or not, many people have their own stories of minor Christmas tree disasters.
Christmas for my family is all about sharing experiences and creating memories.
Chris has been working at the same company for over 20 years. We spoke to him about honesty, supportive employers and MS in the workplace.
What do you do?
I’m a boat builder. I make canoes and kayaks.
When were you diagnosed with MS?
I was diagnosed five years ago.
When did you tell your employer?