Believing in your ability to complete a task or achieve a goal can help you overcome any challenges along the way


Self-efficacy is having the confidence that you can do what you need to do and manage whatever comes your way.1 Believing in your ability to complete a task or achieve a goal can determine how you deal with any challenges that arise along the way.

If a person has low self-efficacy, they tend to avoid tasks, or will feel discouraged and give up, whereas if a person has high self-efficacy they will tend to have a go at performing tasks and will persist longer.2 For people with MS, those with low self-efficacy tend to have lower physical and mental quality of life, and are more likely to experience depression.2

 

icon_supermanTips to improve your confidence and self-belief include3

  • Create a safe and healthy lifestyle
  • Learn about MS, including symptoms and treatments
  • Take notice of your symptoms and your environment
  • Be proactive and anticipate changes, as well as the need to adjust to each new symptom or flare-up
  • Create a support system of family, friends, healthcare professionals and other community members or groups
  • Learn to manage or alter sources of stress as well as your emotional response to them
  • Try to avoid or reduce anxiety and worry
  • Be kind to yourself and acknowledge that MS brings challenges and losses
  • Remember that you are not your illness
  • Live one day at a time

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References:

  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Resilience: Addressing the challenges of MS. https://www.nationalmssociety.org/NationalMSSociety/media/MSNationalFiles/Documents/NAEP2016_Resilience_final.pdf (date of last update not specified).
  • Jongen PJ, et al. BMC Res Notes. 2016;9:375.
  • Cleveland clinic. Coping with multiple sclerosis. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/ccf/media/files/Neurological-Institute/mellen-center/coping-with-ms.pdf (date of last update not specified).