9 Tips to Self-Manage Your Multiple Sclerosis

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According to the Mayo Clinic, there are several common everyday ways to help you self-manage your multiple sclerosis. Here are a handful of examples to help you feel better in your daily life.

1. Get plenty of good rest.
Everybody functions better after a good night’s sleep. Getting quality rest is even more important for someone who lives with multiple sclerosis. To improve your lifestyle, try sleeping at least eight hours each night.

2. Exercise.
Regular, moderate, and simple exercise is a great way to improve your strength, balance, muscle tone, and co-ordination while living with multiple sclerosis. If your body temperature becomes too high and you feel uncomfortable, swimming or other water activities can help lower your temperature while you workout. If your MS limits you, try low-impact exercises like walking, yoga, tai-chi, stretching, and stationary cycling.

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3. Refresh and cool down.
Some multiple sclerosis symptoms can get worse when your body temperature rises. When that happens, try lowering your temperature using some devices like cooling scarves or vests, and fans. Avoiding exposure to heat and high temperatures.

4. Eat a balanced diet.
Some small studies suggest that a diet low in saturated fat but high in omega-3 fatty acids, like those found in olive and fish oils, may be beneficial — but further research is needed. Studies also suggest that vitamin D may offer benefits for people with MS.

5. Relax and relieve stress.
Feeling stressed all the time can make multiple sclerosis signs and symptoms worse. Try something to relax like yoga, meditation, a massage, or even just deep breathing.

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6. Maintain your normal and daily activities.
It’s really important that you try and stick to your daily activities as much as possible.

7. Keep your friends and family close.
Surround yourself with people you love. Your friends and family are the best people to have around for sharing good times and plenty of laughter. Enjoying your life is still on the agenda — even in the face of a complicated disease like multiple sclerosis.

8. Maintain your old hobbies and find some new ones.
Everyone has hobbies. Some more than others. If you had a hobby before your diagnosis, don’t suddenly give it up. Keep doing it. And if you’re curious about trying some new things, take up a new hobby as well.

9. Join a support group.
Sharing your feelings with other people who are experiencing the same thing can sometimes help you deal with the disease. Joining a local support group is an excellent idea, but if there isn’t a local support group you can find  one online.

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