Most of us need reminding of all of this…
- De-Stress – try yoga, exercise, sleep, meditation, breathing deeply and exhaling slowing can also help, do activities that you enjoy or that make you feel better. For me, I like gardening, walking, taking pictures of nature, and spending time with my 2 year old.
- Write everything down – if you have noticed you have been forgetting things on a regular basis, you are probably suffering from “Fibro Fog”. Life will be so much easier if you keep a pad with you at all times or one on your nightstand and desk. I have a pad on my main counter in the entry way and then one on my nightstand. I also use Google Calendars that syncs with my phone.
- Exercise regularly – regular, low-intensity exercise, such as walking or water exercise – helps decrease pain and stiffness, and reduces stress. I am bad at doing it on a regular basis, but I love to walk on the canal on cool days or walk on the treadmill. I have been going back and forth with water exercise, but someday I will try it -I have to find the time!
- Take warm showers or soak in a warm bath – can relax tense muscles, reduce pain and help you move easier. I know when I take a warm shower and let the water run on my neck and back, I feel much better and more relaxed. I especially love in at night right before bed.
- Have “Me Time” every day – This is one thing I need to do more of! Again, when I have time – between raising a 2 year old, taking care of a house and husband, and working a regular 9-5 job from home, I am lucky I get me time at all. I try to be done with everything by 8:00pm and then it is my time to relax in bed and watch TV. I guess you could consider that me time, but not really. I need time away from the house and baby, doing something I love to be considered me time. I know when I do that, I have less stress and feel more relaxed, but on the other hand, I wonder what my son is doing and how things are going. I can’t win
- Make working easier – ask your boss if you can work from home on certain days or part-time, rearrange your office to suite your needs where you are more comfortable, and maybe take a little longer lunch to relax and regroup. I am one of the lucky ones where I am able to work from home so I can take a break whenever I need to or not worry about calling in sick if I am having a bad day. I luckily don’t have that stress anymore, but I do remember what it feels like – worrying if today is going to be the day I get fired. I don’t miss the corporate world and I love being my own boss.
- Make sure to talk about Fibromyalgia with other people – it is ok to talk to your family and friends but if you find they are not understanding, find a support group where you live or talk to a counselor who specializes in Fibromyalgia. To this day, I am still trying to get my husband to understand what I feel like everyday. We just had a discussion about this when Dr.Oz did a segment on Fibromyalgia. He says he understands but know one does unless they are going through it.
- Say NO more often – this is something I have a very hard time with. Someone will ask me to do something for them or want to go out and it is very hard to say no and to make them understand I am just too tired. I think people come to me more often because they know I have a hard time saying no. I have been getting better but I’m a work in progress!
- Keep a daily journal so you can get a better idea of what is working and what is not – this could be a great tool for when you go and see your doctor. Keep track of events, activities, symptoms, and changes in your mood. You will be able to see a pattern of what is triggering a flare up and what is working for you to relax more.