January 26, 2019 at 12:36 pm #15544
Sometimes it can be difficult to stay motivated with MS. And many times, staying in bed with the covers over your head sounds like a great idea . What keeps you motivated to start the day? What gives you hope?
January 26, 2019 at 5:41 pm #15550Jilleen VerinaParticipant
I think the only real thing that has perplexed me with this MS is my mind wants to go faster than my body. It has taken me a couple of years to adjust to that. My motivation levels have slowed down of course, it’s a whole new life to understand and proceed with. Alot of things have been left behind and I am trying to find new things to fill my days. But it is hard when you can’t walk without a walker. I draw from time to time and spend alot of time online in groups or shopping at AliExpress, whahoo, stuff in the mail for me. The mornings are the worst, but by midday after my meds for my mental health and pain killers for my knee kick in I feel better. Controlling the negative self talk takes a huge effort and practice everyday to overcome it. And I feel just in the past few months I am doing better with the self talk. I simply decided one day to not think about bad things past and present and if they pop up then I just push them aside and find something better to think of. I use breathing techniques also, that has always worked, helps to quiet the mind. When your a bit down in the dumps, the mind wants to find the worse thing ever and you don’t want that so I say BE GONE YOU AWFUL MEMORY, YOUR IN THE PAST, GO AWAY.
January 26, 2019 at 5:44 pm #15553
Good idea on the self Jilly, it definitely is a process!
January 27, 2019 at 8:42 am #15555JacquelineParticipant
Not sure I have any answers to the above question but, one thing that keeps me going is the fact I am not on any medications and I am so so thankful for that…I do suffer depression but also in the past turned down depression meds as I dont want anything tampering with my head, my brain, making me a dozy state, I want to at all times be and stay in control…..of me…
As for what keeps me going, I have often asked myself this same question as t times I have wished for my end, and at others I have faith and belief that life can change, not only for the worst but for the better, ie: it is never too late to find love and happiness, and by this I mean to both give and receive…and of course to have more loving and genuine fur babies ( dogs ) back in my life, you will never find more loyal companions than a dog, give me dogs anytime over any human beings if you want genuine loyalty and love…
January 27, 2019 at 5:30 pm #15568Jilleen VerinaParticipant
Jackie, you are strong if you reject meds for depression. I have had depression all my adult life, tried 3 times to end my life. I thought life was difficult in the past but here I am now with MS, lol, oh boy.
Jackie have thought of getting an older rescue doggy and do both of you a favour?
- This reply was modified 7 months ago by Jilleen Verina.
January 28, 2019 at 10:43 am #15571JacquelineParticipant
…I refuse to take anti depression meds, I want to keep a clear head and anyway they wont sort my problems out…the things that are or have caused my depression in the first place…My depression stems back to the age of seven…followed by ages 13 to 17…then again my 20s, followed by my 50s and 60s…a mixture of all three, sexual- verbal-physical…But I am one of life’s survivors, I must be tougher than I thought because hey, I am still here…I must have a guardian angel looking after me…
January 28, 2019 at 1:08 pm #15584
Hugs to you, Jackie, I’m sorry for all you have been through. Thank-you for sharing that with us. I know what you mean about being on antidepressants. I was once on them for two years and gained 30 pounds, they made me even more depressed !
You are very strong, I can tell from your writings. We have to be strong to deal with MS!
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