According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, MS most often affects people between the age of 20 and 50 years of age, although it can occur in a person of any age or gender. There is no known cause for MS, nor a cure. What science has told us is that reducing stress and eating a heart-healthy diet are two things that can positively impact the feeling of wellbeing of those with MS.
If you are not close to someone who has MS, you may not know that a person has this chronic illness until the symptoms become physically obvious. Individuals with MS experience a wide range of symptoms, some noticeable, while others are more subtle. In fact, an individual with MS may look like he is doing fine, yet on the inside he may be feeling physically weak and fatigued, as well as, feeling depressed or sad.
Those whose lives have been touched by MS may have in fact experienced more difficultly in navigating the emotional roller coaster than the physical limitations. I learned this last year, when I spoke to a group of MS patients and their families. Immediately, following the program, a man in his mid-forties approached me to talk. He shared that he previously had been a “long-hall truck driver, making really good money until he got MS.” Now, he can no longer work. He and his family are dependent on his wife’s small paycheck to feed them. He said, “I’m supposed to be the bread-winner. Now, I can’t work. I don’t feel like a man anymore.” This is just one example of the kind of emotional responses that can occur.
There are as many emotional issues associated with having MS as there are people who have it. Yet, the one thing that MS patients have in common with all of us is the ability to choose our thoughts and feelings.
I have heard many people say, “I just can’t help the way I’m feeling.” I disagree! You can. And I can, too. The first thing to do is recognize the feelings you are feeling and label them. Give each feeling a name or a descriptor. Your feeling words for a situation might include: sad, frustrated, disappointed, angry, resentful, pissed off, mad, worried. Once you have at least some of the words identified you are ready to go on to your next step – tapping.
Tapping is using your body’s own meridian energy system to clear negative emotions and put you back on a positive track. The tapping tool I am sharing with you in the audio files below will help ease your negative feelings, taking the energy out of emotions so that you and your family can enjoy more happiness and joy. The tool is called, “The Emotional Freedom Technique” (or tapping). To see what this technique is about, follow this link to watch a cool video explanation, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFKVVP8KXd4 . When you’re finished watching, return to this page to listen to the audios and tap along so you can release your unwanted negative emotions. Be sure to keep this page open so that you can reference the tapping points chart above.
Tapping Points and Instructions http://bit.ly/2Eglu8Z
Tapping for Anger and Resentment http://bit.ly/2EvGPdz
Tapping on It’s Not Fair http://bit.ly/2C9pQsq
Here’s to you feeling more joyful and powerful!