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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Five Quick Tips from Dr. Jack Llewellyn, Sports Psychologist and MS Patient



Everyone has adversity which creates "Mud in the Water" or mind clutter. 
Quicker recovery from adversity separates winners from survivors, happy people
from those just making it through. In my experience living with MS presents daily 
obstacles and in my latest book, Get the Mud Out of the Water, I share strategies 
that can help us to recover from these adversities in order to live our best lives each 
and every day.

1. Your Assets and Your Liabilities
Make a list of your challenges and a list of what makes you strong enough to overcome them. 

How have you used your assets to overcome your liabilities today? If you haven’t, what will you 
do differently tomorrow to use what you have in your favor?

2. Achieving Something Positive Every Day
What things in your life make you feel good about yourself? Do you cherish time helping your kids

 with homework or does it make you feel good when you encourage your coworkers? It could be
 something as simple as smiling at your mail man or as important as exercising to maintain optimal 
health. By taking stock of your accomplishments, small and large, throughout your day you are 
bolstering your confidence and filling your mind with things that are positive and affirming.

3. Surrounding Yourself with a Team of People Committed to Helping You
Everyone needs a support system, and in my experience with MS, that consists of two groups

 of people:
• People Committed to Your Health: It is important to find a neurologist you trust, who can 

help you find a therapy that’s right for you. Your healthcare team may also include a caregiver
 or other specialists. You can also take advantage of programs like Shared Solutions®, which has
 helped thousands of patients like you navigate this disease. Get in touch with other MS patients 
or an MS-certified nurse by contacting them at 1-800-887-8100.
• People Committed to You: Be it a friend, a family member, a coworker or a support group, find 

people to surround yourself with who care about your happiness and success. Are there people in
 your life who may be a hindrance to your success? Evaluate your team and make sure all of the 
players are invested in helping you achieve your best life. Visit www.NationalMSSociety.org to 
find support through your local National Multiple Sclerosis Society chapter.

4. Stress as an Incentive to Improve Your Life
Stress is a reality you can’t avoid. Make a list of the things that cause you stress and think

 about how to use that energy in a productive way. Address each item on your list pragmatically,
 thinking about ways to reduce the intensity of the stress the item causes or eliminate it completely.

5. Create a Positive Environment for Yourself and Live in it Every Day
Emotions make you who you are. Use your emotions, good and bad, for positive outcomes, or emotions can become devastating to your success. Create a positive mindset and a positive environment for yourself, and then make a conscious choice to live in it every single day.


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Source: Shared Solutions


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