InforMS: Spring 2021

InforMS Spring 2021 coverThe Power of Creativity

Expanding our understanding of creativity, why it’s important for our health and well-being, and how it can help us navigate challenging times.


The Power of Creativity

Expanding our understanding of creativity, why it’s important for our health and well-being, and how it can help us navigate challenging times.

By Kerri Cechovic | When we first see the word “creativity” in big bold letters, some of us might instantly question its relevance or importance in our lives. We might think to ourselves, “Well, sure that’s great, but I’m not really a creative person. This topic doesn’t really apply to me.” But, the truth is that creativity is fundamentally about doing meaningful and fulfilling activities that you enjoy. In fact, we all have the power of creativity. And research shows us that deploying it in our lives has many positive impacts on health and is a vital component for our overall well-being.

As each of us continues to navigate these extraordinarily challenging times, adding to anyone’s pressure-filled “to do” list is definitely not our aim. Individuals and families are juggling overwhelming demands in every facet of life as we find our way through this devastating pandemic. The challenges are infinite and painfully wide-ranging: coping with many layers of uncertainty, health concerns and safety, loss and grief, increased isolation, job loss or changes, increased and ever-expanding roles of parenting, remote learning for children, financial concerns, and the list goes on. And, of course, all of these persistent difficulties are heaped on top of the already daunting realities in managing the complex challenges of living with MS.

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Creativity Apps

Here’s a compilation of some fun and free apps to inspire creativity or provide tools to create!

Happy Color: A great app for creating and coloring pictures. Especially helpful you have troubles with tremors or dexterity in your hands. Available on Android, iPad, iPhone.

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Infusing Creativity Into Your Life: Practical Ways to Light a Spark

Like with all habits, it helps to start small. Try something new that you’ve always been curious about or interested in learning more about. Starting small could mean taking a routine activity and doing it in a slightly different way. For example, if you take a walk each day, try taking a completely new route. Notice the different things you see and hear. Just a small change in a regular pattern can help spur creative ideas.

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COVID-19 Update: March 9, 2021

As COVID-19 vaccines become more and more available across the country, and COVID infection rates are generally on the decline, there’s no shortage of questions about how those vaccines may effect people living with MS ­— and particularly those on disease modifying therapies (DMTs).

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Empower MS: Physical Therapy -- An Essential Component of MS Care

Physical Therapist Dr. Mark Mañago’s work is focused on advancing clinical research in the field of rehabilitation in people living with MS. He recently joined the MS Center for an Empower Educational Series webinar titled “Living an Active Lifestyle with MS: Physical Therapy and Beyond.”

InforMS: How do you see your role as a Physical Therapist (PT) in a care team?

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