We all have days when we don’t feel our best, and multiple sclerosis doesn’t make it any easier. The reality is that most of us can’t afford to keep a person on staff whose sole mission is to jolt us awake during opportune moments in an effort to keep us looking impossibly refreshed. Most of us can’t even afford a staff. I’m not Donatella Versace. Are you? Whilst hoping that you become her in your next life, here are some steps to keep you looking good and feeling even better during those less than stellar MS moments:
1. Get eight to nine hours of sleep. Perhaps doing so daily isn’t realistic. None of us are in fourth grade. On average, we likely spend twelve hours per day working, taking care of our families, and running personal errands. If we’re lucky, we might squeeze in an additional hour of some very un-real reality television to forget about the tiresome prospect of waking up the next day, only to do it all over again. However, when you can, try to schedule a few nights per week for some proper rest. That little bit will make a huge difference.
2. LAUGH. Invite your funniest friends over for a gossip and gab session. Put on that your favourite DVD box set. Anything that tickles your tummy will work. Humour energises the spirit and distracts you from the negative. A smile freshens up any face. C’mon, go ahead and laugh.
3. Dress in a way that makes you feel sexy and ferocious. Release your inner Shakira. A cinched waist does the trick for us. Clothing and makeup not only provide a more polished aesthetic, but they also have the power to raise one’s self-confidence. Even the slightest thing, like a manicure, can boost your self-esteem, thus making you feel and look more energised.
4. On that note, treat yourself! Schedule a spa appointment. Yes, this is not something one can afford to do daily (unless, once again, you are Donatella), but some pampering every so often is justifiable. Like clothing and makeup, a massage or facial will make you look AND feel good. Feeling good makes you look even BETTER! Bonus tip: throw your own spa party!
5. Mix it up. Try a new grocery store or lunch spot. Altering your routine will tap your sense of adventure and excitement, which may bring about a revitalising sensation. If you’re one of many who loathe change, then consider yourself lucky. We’ve already provided four other suggestions. (The wink is implied, right?)
6. Throw yourself a solo dance party. Nothing makes us feel young again like prancersizing to Katy Perry. She has that magic ability to recapture the pre-pubescent spirit in us all. Go ahead, put your hair in pigtails and apply some of your favourite bubblegum pink lipstick. Bonus tip: Google the word “prancercise.”
If you’re reading this post, you’re likely feeling less than stellar. We won’t make it worse by concluding with something nauseatingly clichéd like “Feeling good starts from the inside.” Sometimes it does, and sometimes it doesn’t. You’re welcome to fake it, but here’s hoping you won’t have to.