Wellness is defined as the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort. It is important to remember that physical, emotional, spiritual, and social well-being can be achieved even in the presence of a chronic illness or disability.
Now, more than ever, families dealing with MS can benefit from taking a comprehensive approach to maximizing wellness, and thus decreasing symptoms of MS while improving quality of life. Wellness is more than treatment of the disease. Wellness includes prevention strategies, healthy personal relationships, a strong support network, satisfying work and leisure activities, meaningful community involvement, and attention to one's inner self.
In order to offer the best possible care and support to someone else, it is important that family members and caregivers also pay attention to their own health and wellness.