BEST OF TIPPI: Here’s what Gen Y has to say about life with MS.
Fatigue, brain fog, weakness, trouble balancing … these might not sound like health concerns of the average millennial, but for those who have multiple sclerosis (MS), they’re often top of mind.
MS is a chronic, lifelong condition that affects your nervous system, and it’s usually diagnosed between ages 20 and 50, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. That means some millennials (those born between 1981 and 1996) are in the midst of navigating life with MS.
Although MS affects each person somewhat differently, for most people who have it, MS is a source of stress, and it also requires changes and adaptations at home, in the workplace, and in relationships.
Because it can help a lot to hear how other people with MS have navigated these challenges, we asked millennials to share their best MS advice, and one theme came up repeatedly: self-care. This generation is finding that prioritizing their health and wellness can help them live their best life with MS.
Want to hear what they have to say? You can read hundreds of real-life tips from people with MS (plus experts and caregivers) on Tippi MS.
For starters, here are a few of our favorites:
Wellness Is One Thing in Your Control
Wellness for millennials with MS is much the same as wellness for anyone: Follow a healthy diet, engage in regular physical activity, don’t smoke, get enough sleep, find ways to relax and manage stress, and seek help for emotional or relationship problems.
Some of these healthy habits are particularly relevant for people living with MS.