Personally when I am down I start strumming my uke. Sometimes I look up how to play songs I like; other times I’ll just play what comes. I know a lot more than the three basic chords so sometimes I fool myself into thinking that I’m writing a good song. Playing it takes me away from having MS and let’s me just have fun.
It is usually with me wherever I go. It has a soothing affect on me. I can play in my worst times and usually I end up feeling better. You will never hear a happier version of Creep by Radiohead than you will when you play it on ukulele.
I’m not suggesting that this will work for everyone. I’m not saying that you have to learn how to play ukulele. Find something that works for you. What takes you away? Do you have a hobby? For me anything enjoyable helps in dealing with this disease.
Maybe you read, knit, crochet, or play another instrument. Whatever the case maybe try to do it more often. Try to do it when you feel at your worse. In my opinion the best thing you can do in the bad times is be good to yourself. Maybe there’s something you’ve always wanted to learn, a recipe you’ve been meaning to try; give yourself a little escape to forget your troubles.
One of the worse feelings associated with multiple sclerosis is worthlessness because you aren’t doing anything. This is a great way to be productive all while putting your mind at ease and making beautiful music.
What kind of activities do you do you to keep your mind and your body busy?
Patrick is a Chicago born comedian and blogger. He is in school to be a teacher and enjoys playing ukulele and listening to music in his spare time. He uses humor to deal with adversity. He is where tragedy meets comedy and comedy always wins. Y