LIVING WITH LIMITATIONS.
We all need a break from the reality of MCS once in a while. Healthy thoughts, as I call them; are essential to keep ones spirit up. One way to do this is to explore new avenues through visualization. This can be accomplished by hypnosis tapes created by a trained physician, or through a creative little project that I am about to share with you. Some of the materials may be to toxic for some. Use your own judgement. You know your limitations. Be creative, have fun, and above all ENJOY!
Something More: by Sarah Ban Breathnach. This book takes the reader on a delightful tour of life, by getting the reader involved in creating a visual aid of the things that mean the most to them. It helps you to think positive...and maybe even dream a little. It can bring out your hidden interests while revisiting old ones, if only in colorful pictures. You might be suprised at what you learn about yourself.
Another healthy activity is to actually explore something you have never done: You may be asking how this is possible. If you can read, you can explore and learn about your interests even if you are unable to ever participate in them. Find something that makes your heart go zing and lose yourself in learning about it.
Surviving the holidays. No matter what holiday you celebrate, they are difficult for those of us with MCS. Memories of life when we were healthier can cause the blues as we are unable to participate in events we once were. Family and friends are not always understanding of the disability even though the information is out there. Scented products and crowded rooms become something to avoid rather than enjoy, and one might not have the energy they once had to do the things they use to. Even a special diet might make the holiday feast seem impossible to partake in.
(If you are on a special diet, there is nothing wrong with taking your own food so that you may share in the celebration.)
One way to celebrate the holidays is to select ONE thing that really makes it special for you instead of trying to go to it all, and totally crashing for weeks afterward. Don't worry about what everyone else thinks. Do what makes it a speical time for you. If you are unable to do any of it, then start a new tradition that is not toxic for you. It can be something as simple as reading a poem at a select time each year. For me, it's reading a poem found on the front of a Christmas card received many long years ago. Perhaps it's playing music the day after Thanksgiving, or drinking your tolerated spring water out of that special glass that is used only once a year. What ever it is, make sure it is special to YOU. Create new memories, and have fun.
I don't read much because of my disability, but when I do, its usually a self-help or educational book usually about health. Below are some must reads that you might enjoy.
First of all, I recommend all books by Dr. Phil McGraw, and he has written quite a few. If you know someone who wants to lose weight, his Ultimate Weight Loss Solutions books are a must. His advice works if YOU work it.
Younger Next Year for Women. By: Chris Crowley & Henry S. Lodge, M.D.
This book really explains how we age and is an interesting read.
Recapture Your Health By: Dr. Walt Stoll and DeCourtney. I think this is the blueprint for a healthy lifestyle. Good common sence for anyone.
We are Their Heaven By: the real Allison DuBois A great read on the hereafter for all your Medium fans.
Disclaimer: The contents of this website are for educational purposes only, and do not substitute the advice of a physician. Always contact your doctor first before starting any new program.