hey Lily. Yes, I do think there is a MS personality!
Unforutuntely, after 4 years of this, you would think that I would have realized by now that I need to slow down. So consciously- I know it, but its not in me to DO it.
Im in marketing/sales- but its Hospice. I deal with families and terminally ill patients, so with that, its emotional. I wish I could cut back on my hours, but with me being the bread winner of my family (husband has been laid off for months) its not possible. I will also admit, Im an education junkie. Finished my MBA and started my Doctorate- and still spend way too many hours trying to "better myself'.
You mentioned painting and pottery. Im jealous. I have no use of my hand or fingers due to nerve damage. I cant draw a straight line to begin with, but now, with the MS damage, its impossible for me to do anything which involves my hands. I tend to get lost in books- of course anything not having to do with 'required reading" for school is always a good read for me! Typing for me, means voice recognition softwear....
I do love horses and riding, and since done properly, thats done with the legs, not hands- Im stil doing it. Thats my idea of escaping from everything. I try to ride a few hours a week....but it is getting cold here, and that too, will be on hold until spring.
Going back to triggers.....they work in opposite ways too you know. If you find something that relaxes you- DO IT! Whether its yoga, music, watching movies or painting....whatever makes you happy should definately be incorporated into your weekly routine. Avoiding stress is more easily handled when you have "me" time, and do what you love. The opposite of a trigger is a calm inner feeling which is GOOD for EVERYONE, not just MSers. Finding those "happy places' and being able to get there (mentally) is what helps us to counter the unavoidable MS stuff that we encounter. Does that even make sense?