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.
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?
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.
Everyone needs a support system, and in my experience with MS, that consists of two groups
• 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.
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.
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.
Source: Shared Solutions