Being diagnosed with MS should not keep you from doing your job or participating in leisure activities that you enjoy.
Exercise programs for those with MS should fit the individual’s needs and capabilities, and you should discuss fitness options with your doctor prior to starting a new exercise regime.
There are simple physical activities that you can do at home: gardening, cooking, household tasks.
Other recommended activities include yoga, adaptive Tai chi, or swimming/water exercises.
Yoga and Tai chi can teach you relaxation techniques (such as meditation) that you can use when in stressful situations, such as having a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan or other medical procedures.
However, with any dietary recommendation it is important to consult with your doctor to ensure that important vitamins and nutrients are included.
Exercise is another great way to stay healthy and manage your symptoms.
Consider talking to your doctor about alcohol consumption and potential drug interactions. Symptoms can impact how you manage your daily activities, including personal and professional relationships.
Physiologically, it can also affect parts of the brain that control a person’s mood or anxiety level.
Living with MS to the fullest may mean making positive choices about your physical and mental health: here’s some tips.
The National MS Society defines wellness as a “dynamic state of physical, emotional, spiritual and social well-being that can be achieved even in the presence of a chronic illness or disability.” Wellness is a life-long journey in which people become aware of themselves and how they feel, which includes positive behavioral and lifestyle choices in order to feel their best. Strategies to promote health (diet, exercise, and MS treatments), investing in personal relationships to create a strong support groups, and mental and emotional strategies to cope with stress, anxiety, or depression are all part of a person’s overall wellness.