Constant self criticism doesn't create an environment where your body can heal. I know this from first hand experience because I spend so much of the day everyday listening to the negative self talk in my head. I try not to let my disability hold me back in any way but by doing so I can ignore some of the physical signs that should be a warning that I have pushed myself too hard. This is the time of year when you want to spend as much time as possible outside but the heat and humidity can severely aggravate my MS symptoms so I try to stay inside under the air conditioner. But most days, rather than accept this reality and to avoid being seen as different, I have a tendency to ignore my physical limitations to "fit in." By being more concerned with other's perceptions than with taking care of myself, I continue to live in a vicious cycle of abusing my body, becoming fearful at my loss of function and then creating these worse case scenarios in my head. We all can do a better job of listening to our bodies instead of our heads, especially me. A good reminder for me when I am especially self critical is to remind myself that I would never treat a sick child this way so I need to be kind to that "inner child" and honor my limitations.
Hello World. This is a blog we created to give any one affected by MS in any way a constructive way to communicate with others going through the same challenges.