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Strengthening Mind and Spirit

It’s very important for you to strengthen your Mind & Spirit during ANY time of adversity. Why? What if I were to tell you that by strengthening your mind and spirit, you WOULD feel better physically. There is an amazing connection between our Mind, Spirit and Body. Don’t underestimate the power you have within you to improve how your BODY feels and functions. Here are a few tips:

If you are newly diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, allow yourself time to absorb the news and feel all the emotions attached to being diagnosed with a chronic, unpredictable neurological disease.

Share what you are thinking and feeling with your loved ones. An initial look of shock or feeling like you have just hit the brick wall is common. Yes, in the beginning you may be scared, angry, frustrated, and unsure of what to do next. But it DOES NOT have to be that way forever.

From a book called “How to Survive the Loss of a Love” , the authors discuss the three stages of recovering from a loss (“loss” can take on many forms .. in this case, we will refer to the loss of health)

The stages are:

  1. shock /denial /numbness
  2. fear/anger/depression
  3. understanding /acceptance / moving on. .

The authors state that each of these stages of recovery are “necessary, natural and a part of the healing process”. Whether you have been newly diagnosed with MS or were diagnosed a while ago, realize that you will move through these three stages at your own pace. Allow yourself to feel. Be kind to yourself. Treat yourself well.

and that the power of the mind is an amazing thing.

What you focus on can manifest itself into reality! If you are continually focusing on the negative of this diagnosis and the thought of "what may be" somewhere down the road... it just may happen. Stay in the present moment and create a mental environment for yourself that will support you in your overall health and well-being.

Oh, and by the way, why not let your mind
take the positive road of “what may be”?

What is it about us humans that make us naturally drawn to the negative sides of things instead of the positive? Are we driven by pain instead of pleasure? We talk about what we don’t have, how much we wish we did not have to do something, we are always imagining the bad things that could happen to us and loved ones in the future… there is another side to all of this…flip it around!

  • Make a list of all the things you are grateful for that you DO HAVE in your life.
  • If there is something you don’t want to do, write down WHAT YOU REALLY WANT TO DO instead.
  • If you find yourself cooking up the worst-case scenarios about the future, why not instead, write your vision of what you would like to see happen in the future… down to every last detail!

A wonderful, joyous life is there for the taking… see it, reach out, grab it and live it!

Surround yourself with people who support you, love you,
and are positive influences on your overall mental state of mind.

There are going to be some people who say to you "Oh, I am Sooooooo sorry" and they continually look at you with a sad puppy dog look every time they see you. This is about them and their fears! You can make a choice on how you deal with the people who send out negative and "down" vibes your way. You can educate them on what you need from them... teach them how you would like to be treated and what type of support you really need. Hey, they may listen... and if not... think about altering your "people" environment. It can do wonders for your overall health!

As for the people that treat you differently or look at you a certain way because you have Multiple Sclerosis, their reaction is also all about them. The more important thing to do is ask yourself the question: “Do I think of myself as different because of this disease?” It only matters what you are thinking about you. If you answered “yes” to this question, think about all the things that are the same about you… those characteristics that have been a part of you, your whole life.

Do something that is EMPOWERING to you… something that
makes you feel real good on the inside and in control of you.

Your self-image, confidence and overall attitude and well-being will sky-rocket if you incorporate some daily or weekly habits that make you feel good about yourself. For instance, do some form of exercise, eat healthy foods, come up with a mantra or a theme song that motivates and inspires you (that's your theme on how you are going to make it through this life challenge), write a song, tap into your creative talents, ...write some positive affirmations on your health and read them every day.

Maria Lesetz’s favorite affirmation around her health:

What gift can you give yourself each day that would put a great big smile on your face?

Eliminate STRESS!

Stress has been shown to be detrimental to people with MS, by enhancing the symptoms of the disease. Make sure that you have rituals and activities that keep you centered and at peace:

Meditation, Yoga, Exercise, Reading a great book, Writing in a personal journal, Only hanging out with people that make you FEEL GOOD, Trusting and Surrendering to a Higher Power, A Hobby that puts a smile on your face, A New Career that feels like a Hobby, Listening to your favorite Music

Whatever works for you…There are many ways to design your life so that stress is no longer hindering your quality of life.

Now you may be saying to yourself “how can I ELIMINATE stress – it’s a part of life!” The secret lies in how we manage the stress that shows up in our lives. Yes, it is true that in certain circumstances a bit of an adrenaline rush can help us to perform optimally. But if there are things in your life that are draining your energies and make you feel like crap (to put it bluntly), these are the things that are going to weaken your spirit and ultimately have a negative impact on how your body feels.

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A personal message for YOU from Maria Lesetz:
Let’s walk the road together and become empowered to look adversity in the face and say:
“NO! You’re not in control of my life experience, I AM!”


“Health is not just the absence of a disease. It’s an inner joyfulness that should be ours all the time. A state of positive well-being.”
~ Deepak Chopra, Journey into Healing

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