Before you read this, I have a disclaimer: I don’t claim to be a life coach or guru. I am just a woman who was diagnosed with MS seven years ago, a woman who is determined to grab each day by the horns and enjoy it. While I may not always do it in style – there are days when I consider leaving the house with brushed hair an accomplishment – I’ve found that prioritising happiness always makes me feel like a million bucks.
Do What You Love
You don’t have to jump out of a plane or climb Mount Everest to take full advantage of all that life has to offer. Living life to the fullest is about making time to do the things you love most. This may be as simple as reading a book or meeting a friend for coffee and conversation. MS may interrupt our lives, but life is too short to be spent always worrying and never enjoying.
Sing It Out
Music can make a huge difference on a bad day. For me, it’s not just about listening to music – it’s about belting it out and being in the moment. When I’m in a bad mood, a solo performance of a greatest hit in the car or even the shower can make a world of difference. You don’t need perfect pitch or an audience – just yourself and some tunes. So, sing in the car, sing in the shower, sing wherever you want! Life is yours for the taking, and there’s no easier way to express that than through music.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions
Do you ever find yourself suddenly struck with worries about your treatment, symptoms, or just MS in general? Don’t keep it to yourself. Instead of spending precious hours online looking for medical advice or ruminating about your concerns, reach out to your doctor. Remember, your doctor knows and understands you and your unique situation – a Google search does not. Being well-informed and communicating honestly with your healthcare professional will help you avoid unnecessary frustration and give you peace of mind to focus on the other, stress-free aspects of your life.
Find Laughter Everyday
Surround yourself with people who make you laugh, and be sure to return the favour! Sometimes there’s no better feeling than laughing with family members and friends. I laugh all the time (mostly at myself)! Whether you invite your closest friends over for hours of swapping tales of embarrassing moments or spend an evening watching movies with your family, a good sense of humour will create light on the darkest of days.
I could use every cliché in the book to talk about love. But instead I’ll keep it short and sweet – don’t take love for granted. There is nothing more valuable in life than the love you share with those you care about, whether it’s your family, your significant other, or even your pets! Love is what keeps your head up on the days you’re not feeling your best.
Happiness comes in all shapes and sizes. For me, it means focusing in the good in my life, the love that surrounds me and the activities that inspire me. No matter what makes each of you happy, I challenge you to find a reason to smile.