Learning how to manage the physical changes you may experience as a newly diagnosed person living with MS can be a major challenge.
An important key to handling these changes is to develop the right mindset. Your mindset helps you deal with the changes in your life and your lifestyle. A component of developing a good mindset includes understanding the importance of keeping a balanced lifestyle. While looking at the various activities that make up your day or your week, you can make choices about which activities you want to include in your life. Making reasonable choices will in turn help develop a sense of control of your lifestyle, despite a diagnosis of MS.
A healthy lifestyle also requires you to look at your social network, and how you value your relationships which keep you connected to family and friends. What strategies can you develop to help you keep those relationships strong? As well as staying connected with your current relationships, how you communicate your diagnosis in new relationships is another important issue you need to develop a response to. Staying connected and developing a plan in which you reflect on your responsibilities, needs and realistic accommodations will help you deal with these relationships. Having a social network is an important component to a balanced lifestyle.
Finally, with all these issues and concerns that may impact your life, a person needs to take time to develop coping skills that will help maintain their physical, social and emotional health. Key coping skills to help manage the cycle of stress, such as maintaining emotional flexibility and learning to communicate appropriate “help seeking” behaviors is important in managing the challenges of MS. These coping mechanisms will help you develop a sense of control, even when you have no control over your life or your MS.
Accounting for the physical, social and emotional issues that help develop your well-being is an important component to managing your diagnosis of MS. Though all of these situations may not be current problems for you, gaining the knowledge and developing a plan will help you manage your life with MS.