Making an MS New Year’s Resolution

Stuck for a New Year’s Resolution idea? Fed up of always picking the same resolution year after year and perhaps not quite achieving it?

This year, why not make a specific MS New Year’s Resolution? The New Year provides the perfect opportunity to reflect on the highs and lows of the last 12 months and where your journey with MS has taken you. This can then help you to look ahead to what you want to change over the coming year when it comes to your MS. Whether it’s to visit the doctor about a specific symptom you’ve been putting off addressing, managing your symptoms through daily exercises or committing to try new methods to improve your sleep, your MS resolution could be anything that will help you live better with your MS. You could even approach your doctor to create a plan on how to accomplish your goal.

To give you some inspiration, our bloggers have shared their MS resolutions for 2019:

Declan: “I have decided to make only one New Year Resolution for 2019 and it is simply: to be kinder to myself. Sometimes I tend to push myself too hard, trying to get a job finished once I’ve started even though my body is screaming at me to stop, to leave its completion until tomorrow or whenever. In the immortal words of Scarlett O’Hara “Tomorrow is another day”. I promise to listen to my body before it forces me to stop with sheer fatigue and exhaustion. I promise to live in the present, not worry about the future or dwell on the past and finally I promise to be more tolerant of myself and others; being intolerant causes stress and stress brings about a whole new set of problems. The result will not be measureable in currency, weight or volume but in Quality of Life, my life. “

Willeke: “For an enthusiastic lover of list-making and dreaming of being “normal” again, resolutions can be a rat trap; my list of resolutions has become so selfishly positive, I’m almost afraid of seeing it fulfilled. This year’s no different, as the past eight months haven’t been the easiest on the MS-front. Top of the list? Worsening symptoms lead to sleepless nights which means I need the strength to say “No, I am not OK.” Too often I go off into the sunset, staying up too late talking with people while I feel like a lifeless rag doll. For the past 13 and a half years with MS, pacing myself is still not my best character trait.

Linked to this, I need to stop taking to heart certain non-medically trained people’s “advice” because they think they have the right to judge how I should live MY life with MY illness. Those who mean well and have learnt about the facts of life with a neurodegenerative illness are welcome to stay. Those who haven’t, need not apply to my spare time anymore. Sounds incredibly harsh, but 2019 must be the year to put this into practice. On a lighter note, my aims to stop neglecting my exercise plan, eat better and go to medical appointments need 365-day adherence. Lots to achieve. Even more to gain!”

Karen: “My New Year’s resolution is to build confidence. I have started working in a charity shop, and am doing Tai Chi and drama. All this is to make me more of a confident person which is something I have struggled with for some time. I feel like 2019 will be the year I do all the things that I have been afraid to do. I will be performing in a play, going to college and reminding myself everyday that MS will not take over my life. Stand back MS and watch me shine. It’s my time to be who I have always wanted to be.”

So, what will your MS New Year’s Resolution be?

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