Taking Care of Yourself: Why “Me Time” Matters By Katy, Wife, Writer, and Yoga Instructor • June 20, 2017
When you’re trying to juggle work, family, and the general responsibilities of running a household, forgetting to make pampering a priority is easy.
But a chronic disease like relapsing multiple sclerosis demands that you do just that. And the task can prove to be challenging.
If you are a type-A personality like me, you want to accomplish, and do, and sometimes pretend that you do not run on a fixed amount of energy.
However, as anyone with relapsing MS knows all too well, our burn-the-midnight-oil reserve does not replenish as easily as it did before we had to factor relapsing multiple sclerosis into the equation. And we sometimes pay the price for going too hard too fast, stirring up symptoms that may be quieter when we are well-rested.
Understanding the importance of relaxation was not an epiphany I had until I was a year into living with my relapsing MS. I thought that I could simply take medication prescribed by my doctor and go about my daily life like nothing had happened. But my second relapse forced me to step back and look at the big picture of how to manage life with a chronic disease—which sometimes means giving yourself permission to focus on you.
Whether you have five free minutes or 50, take time to do just one thing that calms and centers you every day, encouraging you to focus on abundance and joy. Some days that may look like a hands-on yoga practice, other days that time may be dedicated to sitting in a quiet space to pray or practice measured breathing. Or maybe you prefer to walk, swim, or even indulge in a manicure or massage. Find something that makes you happy, and do it.
Focusing on one thing that you can count on and control can be restorative and empowering, even if it means a little bit of time away from work or family. By taking the best care of yourself, you are better equipped to take the best care of everyone and everything else in your life, relapsing MS included.
What are some things you do to take care of yourself?
- LIVING WITH RELAPSING MS
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“Katy, travel is the best educator.” My mom recited that mantra throughout my life and clung close to her conviction—even after her relapsing multiple sclerosis
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By Katy, Wife, Writer, and Yoga Instructor, April 18, 2017
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