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
- 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
Take notice of your symptoms – use this symptom checker to assess your symptoms
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- 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).