Who wants to go on holiday?!
I know, I know, we can’t physically go anywhere right now, but what if I told you that you could go anywhere you wanted while staying at home? Stay with me!
It’s been really sunny and blindingly hot in the U.K. the last few days; it’s beautiful. Sitting out in the garden makes me feel like I’m on holiday — which is funny because I don’t usually get on well with heat. It often makes me go weak, and my brain gets all foggy. Strangely though, this year it doesn’t seem to have that effect. Why? I have no idea. Maybe I’m more stubborn this year and pushing through it without realizing. Strange how symptoms fluctuate, isn’t it? That’s something people don’t understand about MS.
Today, however, my holiday bubble burst, and we’re back to being cold, gray, and wet. Boo.
I decided I wanted to hang on to the sunshine. I’m aware that what I’m about to say will sound weird, but I’m willing to embrace it if you are.
I put on some suncream, blasted some Cuban music on Spotify through my headphones, and laid down under a lamp with my eyes closed. I visualized being on a beach in Spain, and it brought back memories of spicy chicken, Mediterranean salad, and cocktails. It was the most fantastic 30 minutes I’ve had since being stuck at home — why didn’t I think of this before? I highly recommend trying it out, even if just for novelty value! Yes, I do sound pretty crazy when I read that back.
This technique is called visualization. I use this technique a lot to help me manage anxiety. Usually, I visualize a situation I’m feeling anxious about — a great example being my wedding day. I was SO nervous to walk down the aisle. It was the only time I’d ever be in a room of people who are all silently staring at me. Freaky! Thoughts raced through my head.
“What if I throw up? What if I fall over? What if this happens? What if that happens? What if? What if?” I would say to whoever would listen. Then, I discovered visualization, and here’s how it helped.
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