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Default Study finds self-compassion, resilience important in managing MS

Examining the roles of self-compassion and resilience on health-related quality of life for individuals with Multiple Sclerosis

The results from this study are being presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in November 2017.

Show more https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2017.10.010

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Background

There are over 400,000 individuals living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in the U.S. These individuals experience unpredictable relapses of disabling conditions and poorer quality of life than the general population. Recent literature suggests self-compassion and resilience may improve wellness in this population.

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The purpose of this study was to examine the roles of self-compassion and resilience on perceived health-related quality of life for individuals with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) using mediation analysis.

Methods

Two hundred fifty-nine adults with MS from MS advocacy, support, exercise, and education groups around the United States participated in the study. Participants' self-compassion, health-related quality of life (HRQoL), and resilience were assessed using self-report measures. A simple mediation analysis was conducted to examine the relationships between the independent variable, self-compassion, the depended variable, HRQoL, and the mediating variable, resilience.

Results

Results showed a significant direct effect between self-compassion and health-related quality of life (β = 0.49, p < 0.0001, CI = 0.370.61), as well as an indirect relationship through resilience (β = 0.18 p < 0.0001, CI: 0.17, 0.47).

Conclusion

These results contribute to the theoretical knowledge of how self-compassion influences HRQoL in this population. For individuals with MS, engaging in self-compassion may provide a strategy to cope with debilitating conditions and reframe perceptions of their health. Additionally, increasing resilience may help individuals overcome stressful and traumatic events and experience quality of life with disability. Self-compassion and resilience are both modifiable constructs that can be targeted by programs seeking to improve overall wellness.

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Old 11-14-2017, 01:37 PM
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How to increase your resilience? Here are 10 ways, but there are many others. Do you use any of them? Is one better than another?

Find a Sense of Purpose in Your Life.

Build Positive Beliefs in Your Abilities.

Develop a Strong Social Network.

Embrace Change.

Be Optimistic.

Nurture Yourself.

Develop Your Problem-Solving Skills.

Establish Goals.

Take Steps to Solve Problems.

Keep Working on Your Skills.

https://www.verywell.com/ways-to-bec...ilient-2795063
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There are lots of good articles. Scientists say that resilience is like "an emotional muscle that can be strengthened at any time." So let's work that muscle!

Here are a few I found after a quick search:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog...ase-resilience

http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/road-resilience.aspx

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/25/w...n-midlife.html
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Default Resilience Comes In Many Forms

What most researchers usually fail to include in their studies, are those of us with M.S., who gain their resilience through faith based means.

Yes, everything you mentioned is important, but for many of us, a deep faith in God is the most beneficial outlet for dealing with M.S. related problems.

My hobbies give me outlets for sure. Certainly my farm, with my goats and gardens gives me a wonderful way to spend my days when I'm able.

It's my faith that gets me over the rough times when I can barely move.

Like today.
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Good reminder, GH.

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Additional ways of strengthening resilience may be helpful. For example, some people write about their deepest thoughts and feelings related to trauma or other stressful events in their life. Meditation and spiritual practices help some people build connections and restore hope.
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