STOP Doing This Now To Help Your Fibromyalgia
The pain associated with fibromyalgia can be debilitating, and you will find there are good days and bad. There are many habits we all encounter that can actually trigger the symptoms of fibromyalgia and that tend to make the suffering more prevalent. Avoiding the following behavior and situations can drastically improve the life of a fibromyalgia patient.
Learn to say no
Learn to say no to people. Go easy on yourself, you won’t always be able to keep up with everybody else’s commands and it is ok to say no. It is hard to learn to put yourself first, but with fibromyalgia there is a certain level of importance to your survival in knowing your own limits. It is not your fault you were stricken with this chronic illness, and don’t ever believe someone who tries to make you feel bad about it.
Avoid letting fibromyalgia be a reason to become inactive. The symptoms of fibromyalgia can be so painful it is hard to get out of bed in the morning, but do not let this prevent you from trying to be active. Push through the fatigue and find an exercise regime that works for you. Studies show that those who maintain a regular exercise program report feeling less tired, are able to function better, and have an overall improvement in their mood.
The first thing to stop doing if you suffer with fibromyalgia, is having too high of expectations. If you expect you will always be able to get everything on your to-do list done every single day, you will find yourself extremely disappointed more often than not.
The stress that you feel when you are let down or disappointed will actually make symptoms worse, so relax, and try to plan accordingly. If you get a good nights rest, attempt more things; if you have a restless night, go easy on yourself. Take time each and every day to decompress and relax, do something you enjoy guilt-free, and you will likely find you are able to handle the pressures of everyday life with more energy and less pain.
Avoid “overdoing it”
The next thing to avoid is “overdoing it”. Especially in today’s society, there is a lot of pressure to maintain a constantly on-the-go attitude, and behaviors to match. Fibromyalgia sufferers especially have to learn to pace themselves, otherwise long term progress will slow down and the chances of burnout become much higher. Try to maintain a steady level of activity, but don’t overwork yourself. Learn to listen to your body’s natural cues, and rest when your body tells you to slow down.
Along with being active, developing good sleeping patterns (or sleep hygiene) is an imperative step to take for those suffering from fibromyalgia. It is easier to maintain an active lifestyle if you are able to get quality sleep. While fibromyalgia can make sleeping difficult, it is recommended to attempt following a bedtime routine to help make sleep come easier. Go to bed and wake up at around the same time each day, and avoid taking naps. Avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol before bed, and don’t eat heavy meals at night. It is also helpful to make sure your bedroom is a comfortable and relaxing environment.
Most importantly, avoid giving up hope. Trying a new treatment or lifestyle change can take time to become effective. Giving up too soon can cause you to miss out on long-term benefits. Your body needs time to adjust. If you continue finding little relief after maximum effort, keep trying until you find something that better suits your individual needs.
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