C A L M - find your zen again
Part of what makes up the OMS recovery program is meditation, addressing any dis-ease in any relationships and managing stress effectively, as well as meditation daily. It's evident that a big part of staying well with MS is managing stress, thats why I want to share this beautiful book a friend gifted me after my relapse and diagnosis.
I think it's a great little tool for anyone with MS or on OMS. It gives you heaps of great techniques to re-centre and find your calm in all the chaos of modern day life. It reminds you of all the little things you can do to de-stress. I just finished it and it's a really lovely read. It's very visual to which is a nice change to all the text laden books i'd been reading. It has beautiful illustrations and photography.
I guess i'm lucky right now as I don't have to deal with work which eliminates a lot of stress for me. However there will be times where stress is unavoidable. Anything could happen that's completely out of my control so I knew from early-on that I really needed to master coping mechanisms to calm my system down and centre myself during these times. Good nutrition and exercise all contribute to staying on track for sure however there's nothing quite like meditation and mindfullness, and it's one of the first things they recommend in this book. It's a great chance for the body to unwind, switch-off and re-charge, and open up space for healing. I do a guided meditation with gentle rain that has me calm in a matter of minutes.
Research is proving that meditation increases productivity, enhances work-place satisfaction, improves problem solving skills, creativity and concentration. If it can do that on a research level I wonder what else is happening physiologically in the body that can help us aswell.
It also covers simple things like the act of colouring-in or pressing flowers, or getting outside in nature, walking barefoot, and how different shades of blue calm you. It recommends getting quality sleep, getting creative and spending time with children among so many other things.
It's a very inspiring beautiful book and would make a lovely gift if you know someone with MS or a chronic illness or anyone in general that would appreciate a reminder to slow down. As I'm sure most people can relate to these days.