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Home is the place we should feel most comfortable. More than anywhere else, it is where we release our inhibitions, lazing around in sweats or dancing in our underwear without judgment from others or ourselves.
For people living with MS, it’s sometimes not easy to feel comfortable, even at home. The typical ease most take for granted may no longer exist, as every movement may be painful or tiresome, forcing even more stress and fatigue. The inability to decompress, something most are able to do in their homes, makes facing the outside world harder to bear.
What are a few things you can do to make your house or flat a true, comfortable home?
The National MS Society suggests making things accessible. For example, if you simply LOVE juicing, don’t leave your juicer and other necessary utensils on a top shelf. No one wants to be struggling up a stepstool. Place all necessities directly on the counter or inside easily reachable drawers.
2. Ask for help
Don’t be bashful. Put those around you to work. There’s no shame in asking them to slice your farm-grown, organic, cage-free cabbage. That’s why we have kids, right? Just kidding!
3. Create a flow
We’re not talking about yoga flow…or Aunt Flow for that matter. It’s about movement. Take time to figure out how to best move things around your home. If you stub your toe on it more than once, move it! If placing a bookshelf in this corner instead of that corner or removing a decorative item from the hallway provides more room for you to get around comfortably, do it!
4. Be selfish
If your residence and budget allow, create a room for yourself. Set things up conveniently and comfortably. If you enjoy watching television, but multiple sclerosis has impacted your vision, place a screen as close as you’d like. Add a lot of light. Fill the room with things that make you happy. Paint it chartreuse. Do you.
Most importantly, take things step-by-step. You don’t need to do everything in one day, and don’t hesitate to ask for help. Break things down piecemeal by addressing one room a month. If you live in a moderately-sized home, you’ll be done sooner than you may have initially imagined. If you live in a mansion, you can pay people to do all the work for you, so you’ve just wasted five minutes reading this. Now, ready…set…NEST!
Need more inspiration, check out our MS Life Hacks series!