As we kick off 2016, many people are thinking about what they hope to accomplish, or leave behind, in the coming year. Whether it’s choosing to take a new outlook on your multiple sclerosis, or resolving to go to the gym more often, all of us hope to make changes that could make a big difference. To help you get the year off to a good start, we asked our Living Like You bloggers what they hope to accomplish in 2016. Here’s what they said:
If you had to choose a New Year’s resolution to “treat yourself,” what would you pick?
“I resolve to have routine massages. My body will only thank me.” – Claudia Dieckmann
“I will treat myself with time. It can be time for something simple like room to breathe for a few minutes away from the kids or something bigger like time to go on a vacation with my husband or time spent with friends.” – Angela Brandt
“I will travel more in 2016!” – Gustavo San Martin
“Continue with what’s going on, because it makes me happy. Enjoy my job, love my husband and my little cat, to knit, look after myself and have fun with life.” – Birgit Bauer
“What I want most is to travel to Argentina with my kids. Enjoy the cold weather, some wine, and the joy of being together. I hope 2016 will be kind in that sense.” – Marcia Denardin
If you have one piece of advice for others with MS moving into 2016, what would it be?
“Stay as fit and as positive as you can for as long as you can.” – Declan Groeger
“My advice for people with MS as we start 2016 is to always remember that MS is just 1 part of your life. Focus on all of the things you have to be thankful for, strengthen relationships, get outside, and laugh.” – Angela Brandt
“Don’t try do everything yourself. It’s important to learn to ask for help!” – Claudia Dieckmann
“Live your life, enjoy, do things that you love.” – Birgit Bauer
“I would advise others with MS to be happy with who they are and their lives. Make sure that you like the person you see in your mirror, embrace each day, enjoy every moment and find something good in every day.” – Retha Sisler
“Make this year the best of your life! No one can live your life for you, so you might as well do it in the best way possible.” – Bruna Silviera
What’s the best New Year’s resolution you’ve ever made?
“Standing up for myself. Remembering that everyone has a right to their own opinion, and that their opinion isn’t necessarily a reflection of me.” – Willeke Eeckhoutte
“To join our local gym - I joined 10 years ago and am still a member!” – Declan Groeger
“My first New Year’s Resolutions with the disease, almost seven years ago, I made a resolution to control what I could when it came to my disease. MS is the great UNPREDICTABLE monster. So, I changed my entire lifestyle—from what I ate, to juicing and meditating, to no longer keeping the company of people who were negative forces. It’s true that there’s so much we can’t control, but you’d be amazed at what you can control if you simply pay attention.” – Jamie Tripp Utitus
“The best New Year’s resolution I ever made was to write more. There is something very therapeutic about writing my views on paper in solitude. Writing allows me to reflect and learn from past experiences.” – Gabriela Mammone
“To be happy! I renew this resolution every year and 2016 won’t be any different!” – Marcia Denardin
What’s one resolution you would advise others with MS to ditch?
“Don’t make resolutions that are doomed from the start!” – Willeke Eeckhoutte
“‘I will be back to who I once was.’ Forget it! Who could guarantee being your ‘old self’ is better than being what you are now? Trying to recover your old shape, habits, and patterns may stop you from looking ahead to the future.” – Gustavo San Martin
“People with MS should ditch any resolution that cannot be broken down into smaller goals. Your resolution should be something that you share with others, so they can support you, no matter the outcome.” – Angela Brandt
“I would advise others to not put so much weight on what others tell you. Your MS is entirely differently from the person with MS, who say, lives in the flat down the road from you. There’s no magic answer. This is not a one-size-fits-all sweater. It’s a very individualized, complicated disease. Live your life.” – Jamie Tripp Utitus
“Add joy to your must have list. Do things for the sheer joy of it. Eating, swimming, reading… Whatever makes you smile. Adds a positive swing to tedious or competitive tasks.” – Claudia Dieckmann