From setting a routine to daily exercise, the Bezzy MS community shares what self-care techniques work best for them.
When you live with a chronic condition like multiple sclerosis (MS), self-care is just as important to your health as your medications and treatment plan. But life is busy, and you may not have time to prioritize self-care.
Practicing self-care for MS can help you and boost your mood and mental health.
Self-care comes in many forms. The options are endless, from meditating to taking walks to finding new hobbies.
The Bezzy MS community understands just how important self-care can be on your health journey. Here are a few ways members take time for themselves.
“Mindset is the best self-care: I take time to reflect, get quiet with my thoughts, and not feel guilty about resting. You have to release FOMO and make your own moments of joy.” — ChucklesNapoleon, Bezzy MS ambassador
“I focus a lot on both mental and physical self-care. I go to bed at 11 p.m. and wake up at 6:30 a.m. every day. I do at least a half hour of low intensity exercise (yoga, walking, swimming) daily. I schedule times to do homework at the beginning of the week to limit my stress with deadlines. I’ve seen a therapist weekly for 13 years. I try everything because I know no singular thing will help me feel better — it’s a combination of methods that makes everything work.” — Devyn, Bezzy MS community member
“My self-care includes following a routine: getting up early, doing what I can, and just taking care of myself. Going to bed at the same time every night helps me get a good night’s rest.” — Fishergirl 55, Bezzy MS ambassador
“I spend quality time with my kids, try to get in small workouts when I can, get my nails done, and take nice relaxing baths.” — Samantha, Bezzy MS community member
“My self-care will change, depending on the situation. Sometimes, I do my exercises daily, but if I’m feeling off, I may focus on my mental care instead. Maybe meditation or something else. I try to maintain a balance in my MS life. It takes some self-evaluation and knowing yourself. I’m always learning.” — John, Bezzy MS community member
Taking care of yourself — physically, mentally, and emotionally — is crucial, especially when you live with MS. The best self-care technique is one that brings you joy and moments of calm.
As always, we’re here for you at Bezzy. You’re not on this journey alone.
Medically reviewed on March 24, 2023
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