Monthly Archives: January 2015

How to Help Yourself

There have been some interesting results from ‘the experts’ on lifestyle and Multiple Sclerosis, that back up some of my thoughts and the thoughts of other sufferers. This is a link to the study by BMC Psychiatry I’m talking about.

The researchers had 2459 participants to be involved in a questionnaire that covered a broad range of issues. It was found that around a fifth of the respondents said they suffered from depression and it has been found that those with MS are more likely than the general populace to commit suicide.

Certainly feeling you are suffering from a disease that will be with you for your entire life could make a person feel that way. This research show ways that can be used by sufferers to assist with a better life, where they can more easily take part in ‘normal’ life. Keeping to yourself and to getting out and about won’t help, but with MS, mobility issues can stop a person from being able to actually get ‘out and about’.

It can feel at times like a no-win situation. But knowing some easy things can actually help you can certainly help you to see some ways you can get some wins. This is from the study: “Regression analyses showed that poor diet, low levels of exercise, obesity, smoking, marked social isolation and taking interferon were associated with greater depression risk. Participants who supplemented with omega 3s, particularly flaxseed oil, had frequent fish consumption, supplemented with vitamin D, meditated, and had moderate alcohol consumption had significantly reduced depression risk.”

On a personal level, I can say that I am trying some of the things that seemed to help. I currently take vitamin D supplements, eat a healthy diet with an increased level of vegetables and fruit. I take fish oil capsules (I can’t eat fish). I also try to exercise several times a week, using our Wii Fit machine.

I know that when I am exercising regularly, I feel more able to do more. At the moment I think I’m still in ‘Christmas’ mode, and the exercise isn’t happening. We’ve had extremely hot weather too, and it looks like that will continue for a while longer. I have good air conditioning in the house though, so really, I could be doing more. I’m getting over a bd fall I had recently, and once I’m more over that, I’ll get back to my exercises. I know I’ve written those words many, many times!

I’m interested in hearing from others who do some of these things that help them go OK with their MS.

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New Year’s Resolution Time

After the event of the week, I think my first New Year’s resolution will have to be to not fall over again! I know I can’t actually not to do that though, I never actually fall over on purpose, because I don’t like pain, and I don’t like getting bloodstains on my clothes.

Instead, I will just resolve to be mindful as I move around, lifting up my feet as needed and putting them down in safe ways. Adopting a more mindful way to go through my life, that would have to be my second New Year’s resolution. Mindfulness is something that came more to my attention in 2014 and I can see it taking a stronger hold on my attentions into this year.

My third New Year’s resolution has to be exercise. After that fall I had, which jolted me out of my complacency, I realise being physically fit is extremely important. Having muscles that do their job well will help me in my resolution to face up to the nasty Gravity that wants to knock me down! I resolve, yet again, to regularly exercise, whether it be with the Wii Fit exercises, or walking, or something eles, I will do more of it this new year!

For a fourth and final publicly stated New Year’s resolution I will resolve to do my best in my art’s practice, whatever that may be. This certainly includes my own writing, but reaches further to the writing groups I’m involved with, and the various projects planned for 2015. It also includes any other creative things I decide to take up, or continue with. Creativity will win in 2015, I can feel it in my bones.

All the best to my creative friends – whether you realise it or not, creativity is there with you in every moment of every day – you just have to be prepared to grasp it and hold it to your heart and mind!