Multiple Sclerosis and Stress: Find Your “MS-Free Zone” - dummies

Multiple Sclerosis and Stress: Find Your “MS-Free Zone”

By Rosalind Kalb, Barbara Giesser, Kathleen Costello

If and when you start to feel as though multiple sclerosis (MS) is affecting every part of your life, you need to go on a treasure hunt. The prize is your MS-free zone — that part of you that MS just can’t touch.

This part is different for every person: It may be your love of music, sense of humor, spirituality, passion for soap operas, or any one of the zillion other things that tend to make people happy.

Your MS-free zone is simply a refuge from the demands of MS — a place where you can go to regroup when life feels overwhelming. Your zone is a valuable resource because it can give you the emotional energy you need to tackle the difficult stuff that goes along with the disease.

So, think about what moments in your day or week give you the greatest sense of freedom and relief. You’ll know when you’ve found your MS-free zone because you won’t be able to wait to go there periodically for a “breather,” and you’ll feel energized by your time there.

If you’re having trouble getting in touch with your MS-free zone, your friends and family may be able to help you figure out what it is. If they can’t, contact a good mental health professional for assistance.