Make it Easier on Yourself with Lift MS Tips & Tricks

  • by Teva's Lift MS Team
  •   August 15, 2016

At Lift MS, we’re all about connecting you with resources to help give you a lift, whether it’s sharing inspiring stories from others like yourself, easy recipes to make the most of your meals, or practical tips to make your daily activities just a little easier. With that in mind, it’s time for another round in our Lift MS Tips & Tricks series! You can also see some of these tips come to life by checking out our Facebook Page.

  1. Cruise the aisles, online. Order grocery staples online to cut down on errands and put your energy to better use. Some local stores also allow you to order online, with options to pick up or have your order delivered.
  2. Listen at your leisure. Did you know you can find free audio versions of your favorite books online or at the library? Listen on your computer, mobile device, or burn onto a CD. If vision problems keep you from reading as much as you’d like, this can be a great solution. 
  3. Give your eyes a break. To make webpage text bigger and easier to see, hit CTRL (on a PC) or Command (on a Mac) along with the plus (+) sign. Hitting it multiple times will continue to increase the size. Just hit CTRL with the minus (-) sign to return to normal viewing size.
  4. Loosen up. Run jar lids under hot water to loosen the seal. This can make them easier to twist off. 
  5. Keep the juice flowing. If you use power-dependent equipment such as oxygen, electric beds or lifts, let your local utility company know. In case of a power outage in your area, they may be able to make it a priority to restore power to your home. They may be able to give you advance notice before cutting your power for routine maintenance.   
  6. Rest easy. Strategically place a chair or bench in rooms where you might need to stop and catch your breath.
  7. Install grab bars in the shower or tub. Towel racks and soap dish holders aren’t meant for support. Grab bars provide extra stability in slippery places.

You all are the experts in life with MS. We’re sure you have some tips that might help others in the Lift MS community. Please share some through a comment below. Just think - your tip could be highlighted in one of our future posts.

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  • Susan Woodcock | August 15, 2016
    Nothing I don't already know. I could probably give you tips.
    • Teva's Lift MS Team | August 17, 2016
      We’re sorry to hear the blog is not providing what you’re looking for, Susan. Please know we are here for you should you need support in the future.
  • Sheena | August 15, 2016
    Thank you! This was very helpful!
    • Teva's Lift MS Team | August 16, 2016
      Hurray! We love hearing that Lift MS has been helpful – that’s just what we intended! We appreciate your part in those efforts, Sheena.
  • Ramona | August 15, 2016
    THANK for the great information
    • Teva's Lift MS Team | August 16, 2016
      We are happy you are finding value in the blog, Ramona! Please continue to check back for more info.
  • Cathy | August 15, 2016
    I put small magnets on the inside of my medicine cabinet to hold metal objects such as a finger nail file or other, a pizza cutter is not just for pizza, and a put my car keys on a lanyard that I can hook on my belt loop or hang around my neck since I use a cane and do not have a hands free
    • Teva's Lift MS Team | August 16, 2016
      Great suggestions, Cathy!
  • Jan O.  | August 15, 2016
    When you have serious business to conduct, anything to do with signing or contracting, always do so seated. Standing requires much energy, at least for me, so I'm much less likely to make errors or in fatigue overlook the error of others if I'm seated.
    • Teva's Lift MS Team | August 16, 2016
      Thanks Jan. While that might not work for everyone, we appreciate your contribution to our community.
  • Julia Carter | August 15, 2016
    I'm liking the page quite a bit.
    If only I could remember to read it occasionally. lol
    So goes life with MS!
    I do have the good one relapse/remitting.
    • Teva's Lift MS Team | August 16, 2016
      We’re so glad to hear our community has been helpful to you, Julia. You’re part of what makes this blog great!
  • Sarah | August 16, 2016
    Keep items you use daily on lower easy to get to shelves in your kitchen. Plus ask for help if you need something off a higher shelf instead of getting on a step stool. Keep like items all together. So when you grab your sewing kit it's all together in one container everything you need. Label containers with a label maker to save time & energy not opening 3 before you find the right one.
    • Teva's Lift MS Team | August 17, 2016
      Great suggestions, Sarah!
  • Charles K. | August 17, 2016
    I would like to join this community.
    • Teva's Lift MS Team | September 01, 2016
      Welcome to Teva's Lift MS, Charles. We are happy to see you here, and we hope that you enjoy reading our blog posts. You can also connect with other members in the MS community on Teva's Lift MS Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LiftMS/ . We hope to see you there!
  • Lisa | August 31, 2016
    Thank you very nice great information
    • Teva's Lift MS Team | September 01, 2016
      Thanks for your kind words, Lisa! Comments like yours fuel our efforts to build a helpful community.
  • Carla | September 13, 2016
    I appreciate anyone's interest in MS and any advice that is out there. It would be helpful to me on how to coax my family into being more supportive and helpful. I realize I can join a support group, but knowing my family is behind me would be so comforting. Thanks for all the comments i have read.
    • Teva's Lift MS Team | September 14, 2016
      Carla, it’s hard when you can’t go to family for support. We hope you’ll lean on the Lift MS community for support when you need it.
  • Sue | November 21, 2016
    I leave heavy, non-perishable grocery items in my car trunk for hubby to bring in when he gets home.
    • Teva's Lift MS Team | November 22, 2016
      It sounds like you’ve found something that works for you – kudos for your efforts! Please keep us posted, and be sure to check back for more tips from the community.
  • Mohanad | November 21, 2016
    I would like to join this community, the information was helpful.
    • Teva's Lift MS Team | November 22, 2016
      It’s comments like yours that inspire us each day, Mohanad! Thanks for helping nurture the Lift MS community.
  • Jude | November 23, 2016
    Just discovered your site thanks to a friend from long ago (Joni)'
  • Mary | December 07, 2016
    When I was diagnosed with MS, I found that I needed to live my life differently. I had to make it more simple. I couldn't be a perfectionist, or as controlling, or a multi-tasker, for the following reasons:

    I learned that being a "Perfectionist", wasn't the be all and bend all. Nobody is perfect. In fact, we as humans, actually can learn from our mistakes.
    • Teva's Lift MS Team | December 08, 2016
      We are so glad you’ve chosen to share your experience with us, Mary. Please keep us posted on your progress, and best of luck!