Some thing go together…bees and honey, milk and cookies, pen and ink. Then there are some things that just don’t fit. Things like peanut butter and mustard or swimming and lightning…those things don’t fit so well together. How about music and ear plugs or driving and texting? Nope, they don’t fit either. You know what else don’t pair so well, Multiple Sclerosis and me. We are just not a good fit. It’s a constant battle of what I want to do and what MS will allow me to do.
I still find myself overdoing it and pushing myself beyond what I should be doing. Regrettably, every time I do that I end up feeling the effects of it later. You would think I’d know not to push so hard by now. Sometimes I do it because I just want to fit in with everyone else. Other times it’s because I forget my limits. But most of the time it’s just because things need to get done and I’m the only one around to do them.
It’s important to know your limits and to treat your body with care. Our bodies need more care than most and we have to be sure to not overdo it. We all get busy, we all have moment when we push too hard, we all forget just how much our bodies have changed because of MS, and we all need to recognize when we need to take a break.
A vacation from MS would be an amazing thing to have, but since that’s not going to happen any time soon, give yourself permission to slow down and rest. Maybe I can’t rid my day of MS, but I can purposely give myself a break and do something just for me.
I have decided this weekend that I’m going to pamper myself and not lift a finger to do anything. No cleaning up messes, no laundry, no work of any kind. Just me time and coffee. I’m going to do it even if that means turning my phone off, shutting down my computer and locking the door. I’m choosing to step away from the chaos and just rest. I’m choosing myself over MS. We all need to do that from time to time.