One way that works for me is the DDP Yoga exercise/food/community.
[Warning, this is a plug. If you need a set of DVDs that comes with an on-line community of people who are making a life change that includes diet and exercise and positive thinking, DDP Yoga is ideal.]
DDP Yoga targets 3 areas of health—exercise, diet and positivity. It also is big on community, which keeps me on the straight and narrow.
We all know these are important, but here are studies that support what we know.
- Positivity helps healing (http://bbh.hhdev.psu.edu/media/bbh/lab/ stress-health/files/Sin-Graham-Engeland-daily-positive-events-inflammation-2014.pdf).
- Diet and exercise influence repair of neurons in the brain (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3225186/).
- Community impacts health (http://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/ article?id=10.1371/journal.pmed.1000316)
Though I was really skeptical, I tried the system out.
It worked. I, of course, backslid. Now I am working my way back into shape with the support of the DDP MS group. We are doing a month-long (or longer) challenge: exercise and healthy diet.
I asked these friends what they do to keep in touch with positive energy while toting MS around in their lives. Here is what two people told me--
I stay happy and positive because of my family and friends. I am a single mom and approach life and work the same way---a smile on my face and joy in my heart. I am truly blessed to have the life I have and plan to enjoy it for as long as I can.
My idea—do something you enjoy, whatever that may be. When I was younger I was a paramedic at an amusement park. There was a sign on one of the fences from the back lot before you went out into the park that said "Smile, you are on stage." I have followed that philosophy my whole career. When I walk into work, I leave my troubles behind. I am a manager of a multi-specialty medical clinic at Kaiser. That means I set the tone of the building. So, I smile because I am on stage. I have taught one of my physicians "fake it til you make it." If you go through the emotions/motions long enough they will become a habit.
My philosophy comes down to two things. One is my faith and the other is family.
1) Family...if I don't take care of myself who's going to take care of them? It keeps me motivated to stay on track with my health.
2) Faith...I can do all things through Christ in me. Keeps me strong and focused.
With that said I remind myself of a few things that has been said to me.
- "Get busy living or get busy dying." I'm going to live my life to get the most out of it.
- "You don't know what you don't know." Look if doctors had all the answers they wouldn't call it a practice. I look outside the box see if there's something else helping other people and I give it a try for myself. That's how I found DDPyoga or should I say it found me. Either way, this works.
- "Each day is either going to be a positive day or negative day, it's my choice. Whichever one I choose will take the same amount of energy."
- And my new one...."If I say I can or if I say I can't, I'm right." Thank You DDP for that one.
Get the book... The Multiple Sclerosis Diet Book by Roy Swank. It works hand-in-hand with DDP yoga.
This group, and the DDP Yoga regimen both energize my day.
You may find your own group. Definitely you will find your own way, but this group and exercise plan is one that works for loads people, you may like it.