MS is like an iPhone Battery...and I need a recharge!

Keeping ones battery charged with MS can be as tricky as keeping an iPhone 5 going all day. Remembering to turn off location services and programs running in the background is vital to keep an iPhone chugging along. But how do we do this with MS?How do we turn off those programs running in the background. That constant chatter of energy being wasted. Do we meditate? Medicate? Or both. And when it comes to our location services, how do we unplug ourselves from those wanting our energy? Do we withdraw? Or de we become strong and set boundaries?

So much in life has changed with my MS. Every decision, every thought is focused on how it will effect my mind, body and soul. While this is a good thing in the long run sometimes one really just wants to kick down a loaded cappuccino, go for a hike, enjoy a pipe on a cold and rainy day while reading Harrison, drink a glass of wine or two with good friends, tie some flies, hop in the car and drive...just drive. A certain since of freedom is stripped when a disabling disease like MS hits. Freedom in so many ways. Once a road warrior. I am now a shuttling sissy.

It started with a panic attack on the LA freeway amongst heavy traffic. No escape. Panic stricken, batteries faded fast. Eyesight diminished rapidly. Then the convulsions and dry heaving that would randomly hit never made it safe. Let cramps, not good for driving either. While these issues don't happen all the time, they've occurred enough for me not to trust my body, understanding now that my batteries could crash at anytime. Knowing this makes me feel vulnerable and vulnerability creates fear. Too much fear can strip us of our lives.

To a point we can quick charge our batteries: caffeine, tobacco, provigil, sativa, sugar, etc. But how long can we quick charge before the battery won't take a charge? And when we are left stranded there is no back up battery. No way to plug into the wall and recharge. We have only one battery. We must take care of it.

So how do we turn off those extra programs running? Visually I imagine the blinders on horses. Those eye guards that keep the horse looking ahead and not distracted. "Put your blinders on Caroline" and get to work. Focus on one project. Or one meditation. One walk in the rose garden. The point is to have just this one program running. And turn off all others. Blinders. This works for me, most of the time.

But there are those times when it doesn't work. When I need a distraction. And another distraction. And again and again until I have six programs running and my battery bar is slipping fast. "Put those blinders on." But sometimes it just doesn't work.

Then, finally, I stop everything and go lie down in a nice cool place that's not to bright. Closing my eyes and just being quiet. Recharging. Ahhhh. It takes strength to keep our batteries charged. To know what we need to do to take care of ourselves. To unplug from others when we are on low battery and turn off our location services.

For me this meant learning a lot about boundary setting. Rules. My rules for my health. This can be hard on friends and family. Setting boundaries can take a lot of explanation, patience and communications. But it's essential for defining our needs to keeping us alive and void of fear. To live life on a full battery. That's my goal. To manage my software and take care of this battery before it won't hold a charge.

Let's do this. Let's keep our batteries charged. Let's rid ourselves of fears and vulnerability. It's time. It's time to take charge and recharge.

#takethatMS



Self Care Challenge #10. Give a Compliment

Time to "Make a Change - Make a Difference"!



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Challenge #10

Help someone feel better -  GIVE a COMPLIMENT!

For five days choose to say one thing nice to your friends, family and strangers!

Remind yourself that you are worthy of a healthy life.

Wellness begins in the heart. 

It feels good to receive a compliment.  So now it’s time to return the favor.  

Maybe you like something they’re wearing.  Maybe it’s the way they smile or are kind. Maybe it’s something nice they did.

 You did not do anything to deserve this illness.  But there is something you can do to change it.  You can take control.  You can practice "Self-Care".

Take action toward wellness with the Health Storylines App by recording your feelings in the MyJournal.

"I am worthy of a healthy life"

1.     Carefully and with intention be aware of something to compliment. 

2.     Then do it!  Say something nice. 

3.     Make a change and help others feel better. 

4.     Record feelings in My Journal

5.     Share the moment:  #selfcareMVMT






Let these intentions carry you away into a beautiful positive life.  

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Because together we’ve got this!

#challenge #dowhatyoucan #spon #takethatms 

#selfcareMVMT



Smile at the World!

Register at the Health Storylines App,  

use the My Journal tool.

 #selfcareMVMT



brought to you by Caroline Craven, GirlwithMS, Self-Care Catalysts and Health Storylines

Self-care Challenge 9: Get moving!

Time to "Make a Change - Make a Difference"!


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Challenge #9

GET MOVING!

For five days choose to get moving!
Remind yourself that you are worthy of a healthy life.

Wellness begins in the heart. 

You do not have to run a marathon or compete in an iron man.  Just get up and get moving!  Can’t get up?  We get it. Swing and sway in your chair. Play some music. Get the blood flowing. 

 You did not do anything to deserve this illness.  But there is something you can do to change it.  You can take control.  You can practice "Self-Care".  

Take action toward wellness with the Health Storylines App by recording your feelings in the MyJournal.




"I am worthy of a healthy life"

1.     Carefully and with intention get moving. 

2.     Play some music. Feel it in your blood. 

3.     Make a change and move to the beat of the world!

4.     Record feelings in My Journal

5.     Share the moment:  #selfcareMVMT







Let these intentions carry you away into a beautiful positive life.  

SHARE:

Instagram – Facebook – Twitter

Because together we’ve got this!

#challenge #dowhatyoucan #spon #takethatms 

#selfcareMVMT



Smile at the World!

Register at the Health Storylines App,  

use the My Journal tool.

 #selfcareMVMT


brought to you by Caroline Craven, GirlwithMS, Self-Care Catalysts and Health Storylines

Potential Natural Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

Do your research. Lots of treatments out there. Here is Some good, substantiated research on these items.  Check them out.  Tips and Tricks for Living Better with MS!



VITAMIN D

Vitamin D
Long touted as help for MS, this easy to take vitamin is proven again and again that it scientifically helps those with MS.  Recently studies showed that mothers who are deficient in vitamin D during their pregnancy were more likely to give birth to a child with MS.

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MAGNETIC THERAPY

Bemer
May sound a little whacky but magnetic therapy is gaining ground in helping folks with MS using solid scientific studies.  Devices such as the Bemer, might just help you feel a little better.

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OXIDATIVE STRESS -

Oxidative stress is known to be really hard on multiple sclerosis.  Basically it means that they fight free radicals in an effective way to be maximized by the body.   It is something we can actually work on improving.  Using an Nrf2 activator, such as Protandim, may help with some of your MS symptoms.

Protandim

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Protandim is made from natural ingredients, plants and such.  Includes bacopa monnieri and turmeric.

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curcumin from turmeric


Natural forms of Nrf2 activators proven to work include curcumin, from turmeric, as well as green tea.

Interestingly, the DMD, Tecfidera (a dimethyl fumarate drug) is based on the same activation within the body. 



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Keep Checking Back - More Tips to Come!


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(*This is not a medical site nor am I a medical professional -- These are items that have either worked for me or look promising based on research.*)