Halloween has crept upon us once again. Ghoulish gobblins will soon be knocking on our doors offering a respite of the tricks if we deliver good treats.
This is one of my favorite holidays. It’s the one day a year we can dress up and pretend to be someone/something else. Something more powerful, something alluring, something that isn’t sick. Our minds become preoccupied with other things.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could harness this kind of energy, this kind of fun and utilize it every day of the year? But alas, the fatigue from the excitement does catch up with us and we pay for the shananigans.
There are other things we can do to rest the mind and escape for a while; brief escapes that can offer us a break from the pain.
The mind is an interesting device. We can fool it in short intervals with any of the following strategies:
- Meditation-over time you can become so focused that you are able to leave the pain behind for a bit
- video games or sites like second life that offer a new world to explore and people from around the world to meet as an avatar free of MS
- a good old fashioned novel to lose yourself in
- organizing photos from past trips or family events-its fun to recall the occasions
- Playing cards with friends-not on the computer either…a real old fashioned card game-it helps to stay social
- Pick a new craft from the hobby store. I love the scroll saw.
These types of things help to get your focus off of the pain onto more pleasurable things. Participating in pleasurable things releases endorphins, a natural pain killer your body makes. They are short term fixes but sometimes just having a short break helps us through the toughest of times.
Remember rest is the best choice after all of the fun, lots of good food to counteract the sugary confections in which we partake on this haunted holiday. Take care of you!