Take Care of Yourself and Each Other

No question about it – these are challenging times for everybody. But it’s particularly tough for those of us that have other health concerns, like MS. What, exactly, are we supposed to do? Stay home and opt out of all human contact? Isn’t that also unhealthy?

The good news is that there are a surprising number of online resources available to get us through this crisis, and many of them are from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society itself.  Below are some of my favorites:
Online Workouts
We know that exercise is a great mood elevator and that we also need it to maintain our health during these long days inside. But that thought alone can be depressing, because the media bombards us with images of people hiking, swimming, jogging – things that many of us can’t do. Research has shown, however, that even a small amount of exercise and stretching can help lift our spirits. And the Society has a wonderful collection of workout videos, led by an instructor who has MS!

The MS Society UK also has some great yoga videos to try.

Take a Class – Join a Book Group – Start (or Reactivate) a Hobby
Many community colleges are now offering courses online. These include classes in knitting, guitar, creative writing, etc. This is a great time to take up a new hobby or rekindle one that you started but never had time to develop.

Many libraries also have virtual book groups, where you can meet people and discuss specific books. This is a good way to exercise your mind and take a mental break from the day-to-day routine.
Zoomin’ Together!
I am active in several MS-related discussion groups. I thought these groups would temporarily disband once the virus hit, but they are now more popular and robust than ever. It is so much easier and quicker to push a few buttons on your computer than get in your car, drive to the meeting spot, look for a parking place and hoist yourself to a meeting. No wonder we (or at least I) seem to always have so many reasons why we “can’t make it.” But with online conferencing, the excuses melt away and these sessions become wonderful ways to connect with friends, family and other people we care about.  I know that when I finish a Zoom meeting, I feel replenished and my anxiety level is diminished.

What are you doing to get through this historical time? We’re all in this together, and we’d love to hear from you.
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Helen Russon

Helen Russon is an (inactive) attorney who teaches disability law and has investigated many civil rights cases with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries. She has also written many articles on disability issues and done other volunteer work with her local chapter. As a person living with MS, Helen wants to share both her expertise and experience. She is careful to emphasize, however, that nothing she writes is intended to be legal advice. It is general information to help point readers in the right direction.