Coping With Fibromyalgai Through The Holidays
Anyone who has been diagnosed with the condition of Fibromyalgai can experience thoughts of dread or an overwhelming sense of helplessness when it comes to the idea of the many upcoming Holidays that are quickly approaching. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanza, and Hanukah and all of the sights, sounds, and responsibilities that are associated with each of these holidays can overwhelm the most common person, but these holidays can really overwhelm the Fibromyalgai sufferer because of how their symptoms will allow them to interact, enjoy (or not enjoy) these different holidays. Holidays should never bring on feelings of dread or become overwhelming for any person, and the key to avoiding this is by prioritization and advance planning, especially for the Fibromyalgia sufferer.
Planning, Shopping, and Decorating
Planning, shopping, and decorating for the holidays can be likened to climbing Mount Everest for the Fibromyalgai sufferer. The additional stress, tasks, and responsibilities that accompany the holidays can overtake a Fibromyalgai sufferer if proper planning isn’t a top priority.
- Planning – with anyone who suffers from Fibromyalgai they understand that one of the best ways to manage symptoms is to plan, plan, and then plan some more. This is no different when it comes to the holidays, in fact it become more important. Advanced planning for the holidays will include creating lists, schedules, and prioritizing the tasks and responsibilities that need to be accomplished. For the Fibromyalgia sufferer along with planning however comes pacing and planned periods of rest. The Fibromyalgai sufferer must listen to their bodies and not ignore symptoms that are presenting but deal with and manage those symptoms.
- Shopping – shopping is supposed to be fun, not stressful. But even for the non Fibromyalgai sufferer the holidays can bring out the worst in people when time is short, lines at the stores are long, and people are just trying to cross that next thing off of their list. Some tips for shopping for the holidays for the Fibromyalgai sufferer include making a list, shopping at home (use the internet or catalogs), invite a friend to help out, dress for comfort, plan for periods of rest, and of course don’t be afraid to ask for help when it’s really needed.
- Decorating – again this should be the most fun time of the year, but people get all caught up in the craziness of the holidays and never slow down to enjoy what these times really mean, which is spending time with the family and friends that we love so dearly. Decorating can be accomplished by the Fibromyalgia sufferer but it is suggested to tone down what might have been accomplished in the years before a diagnosis of Fibromyalgai. Putting up the decorations in small amounts or dividing decorations room by room can help the task become more manageable. Any task that can be completed in a shorter amount of time with less stress is more beneficial to the Fibromyalgai sufferer, and this includes decorating for the holidays.
3 Suggestions for Coping with Fibromyalgai during the Holidays
A diagnosis of Fibromyalgai shouldn’t warrant less celebration or happiness during the holidays. There are ways to cope with the condition of Fibromyalgai during the year as well as during the holidays. Below are some of three suggestions given to Fibromyalgai sufferers to cope with their symptoms while being able to enjoy and look forward to the holiday season without dread.
- Prioritize – prioritizing is a suggestion that is made all throughout the year for Fibromyalgai sufferers who are trying to cope with their symptoms, but it is especially important for Fibromyalgai sufferers to make prioritization a part of their lives during the holiday season. Making a list of the things that are most important and making sure that those items are crossed off before things that don’t matter are accomplished are important. The understanding that bad days (or Fibro Flare Ups) will occur even during the holidays is important and being able to accomplish the things that are the most important and prioritizing is vital for the enjoyment of the holidays for the Fibromyalgia sufferer.
- Pacing – the holidays can drive just about any normal person crazy with all of the business that ensues during this season. Fibromyalgai sufferers must learn to pace themselves during the holidays so that symptom management and more enjoyment can be had during the holiday season.
- Simplify – one suggestion is to simplify the holidays. Just because a person has always participated in some kind of tradition or holiday event doesn’t mean that they must continue to do so, especially if it’s not on their list of priorities. There are some things and events that must make the cut for the Fibromyalgai sufferer during the holidays in order for enjoyment to be had. Listening to the body, managing the symptoms, and getting enough rest are important for the Fibromyalgia sufferer so that they can fully enjoy the holiday season without it becoming overwhelming.