We know many people in the global MS community are anxious about COVID-19 and concerned about their vulnerability to the virus.
For those living with MS and their caregivers, concerns may be particularly heightened in relation to their treatment. MS Trust and MS Society are two of the trusted resources we will direct you to where you can find further expert information and support.
As well as maintaining physical health during self-isolation, it’s just as important to protect your mental health. Especially as self-isolation can be tedious or frustrating and may affect your mood and trigger overwhelming emotions. To help overcome these feelings, be sure to keep in touch with friends and relatives as much as possible. Arrange video calls and if you can, group video calls. Keeping in contact will help you feel connected, despite the social distance.
If you’re looking to connect with other people within the MS community, our social media channels have over 44,000 members globally, and is a great space for people with MS to share experiences, ask questions and chat with others who know what you're going through.
Another great way to counter negative feelings is to do what makes you feel positive. Put on your favourite old films or pick up that book you’ve always been meaning to read. Turn this time apart, into time for you.
Most importantly, if you do feel overcome by anxiety or worry, reach out and speak to someone within your support network. Being alone shouldn’t mean feeling lonely.