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Being a care partner for a loved one with MS can result in a roller coaster of emotions and an ever-changing workload. Well-meaning family and friends are often anxious to provide support along with encouragement for you to take care of yourself.
While the research shows that the incidence of illness in care partners is over 50% higher than the average, much of the advice offered by others falls on deaf ears. While it is easy to know what you “should” do to stay healthy, how often do you really make yourself a priority and do what you know is important? How often do you shrug off the advice of friends and professionals and find yourself focusing on your life, day-by-day and even hour-by-hour?
I believe that there are three reasons why the well-meaning comments of others often don’t inspire you to follow their ideas:
So, the important questions become, “What do you want?” and “What do you need?” These simple questions open up space for you to begin to connect with your own soul and your own body to determine what “feels” like the best path for you. What small step could you take to feel more empowered in your own life while still staying true to what you value most? Rather than focus on eating healthy food every day, perhaps you need to begin with something small such as having an egg for breakfast instead of another piece of leftover pizza. Perhaps it is putting a comfy chair on your front porch so you can sit in the afternoon sunshine with a cup of tea for a short break. Perhaps it is seeking the help of a friend or your doctor to enlist some additional support to decrease the heavy lifting you are doing that is beginning to hurt your back.
Rather than try to make sweeping changes or feel pressured by the priorities and suggestions of others, ask yourself these two simple questions and listen carefully to your body and your soul for the answer.