Living with multiple sclerosis (MS) can be tough. Chores that were easy to do before your diagnosis can now seem like major feats.

Here are some tips and tricks to make these routine tasks more manageable.

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Illustration by Alyssa Kiefer

Gather all your ingredients and supplies before you begin cooking. Then, sit on a kitchen stool and begin prepping everything at once to reduce the amount of time you spend on your feet.

Having somewhere to sit can help reduce fatigue and avoid any balance difficulties, according to advice from the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA).

You might be less likely to forget something if you jot it down, which may boost your cognitive confidence.

According to research, up to 65% of people with MS will experience some changes in their ability to think. Journaling or note-taking can help.

Also, opt for wide-gripped instruments to make writing easier.

Use body wash and a bath pouf (also called loofah) or washcloth instead of a slippery soap bar. And consider installing grab bars or a shower bench to help maintain your balance.

The MSAA provides a free safety and mobility equipment program to those individuals who qualify for assistance.

Wide-angle rearview mirrors, mechanical gas and brake hand controls, and steering wheel knobs can make your time on the road easier and safer and can help you stay independent.

Fill your wardrobe with clothing that has Velcro fasteners, hook-and-loop closures, or zippers. You can even find dapper Velcro ties or clip-on bow ties.

Your eye might go to that red pair of pumps, or you might want a casual pair of flip-flops, but your feet will thank you for buying something with a lower heel and a sturdier base.