HOW TO FEEL GOOD WITH FYBROMYALGIA
People with fybromyalgia cope with a variety of symptoms that include pain, fatigue, muscle aches and stiffness, stomach or intestinal problems, sleep disorders… the list goes on. There is no doubt to the physical symptoms of FMS but there is an emotional component of the syndrome that should not be overlooked as it can increase the pain and fatigue symptoms.
Distressed people are more sensitive to pain. Those with fybromyalgia would most certainly qualify as distressed. This can lead to a vicious cycle. Pain causes distress, and distress strengthens the disease that causes the pain. Therefore, discovering ways to boost the emotional state of patients can actually help with the physical pain as well. When people stay focused on their condition or pain, the result will usually mean depression or anxiety and more pain in the future. The key is to change the focus to other interests or activities. Try some of these self-help activities and strategies to effectively distract your attention away from your syndrome. By providing an emotional outlet, you should be able to better cope with the physical symptoms.
QUESTION YOUR MOODS
When you are feeling down, don’t accept this mood at face value. Learn to question it. Many times, a person will be feeling down and everything takes on gray shades. Feelings of depression can paint situations differently than what they really are. For example, if a person is feeling badly and starts to think that her friends don’t want to be with her because she has had to cancel activities many times due to the fybromyalgia, this type of mood seems true but, in reality, it is only a mood. By questioning the reality of the mood, the patient may ask herself if she would be that way if one of her friends had FMS and couldn’t keep plans. Probably not.
UNLEASH YOUR CREATIVITY
Expressing your emotions through art or writing has been proven to relieve pain and reduce symptoms. Be creative and just let go. Enjoy the process and remember it is not about talent.
USE MUSIC FOR RELIEF
Music therapy is another proven way to relieve pain and other symptoms. You may find a piece of music that you enjoy and helps you forget about the fybromyalgia.
SMELL THE ROSES
Aromatherapy can help fybromyalgia patients relieve symptoms through fragrant essential oils. People who respond to aromatherapy say it helps with pain and boosts their overall mood. Use lavender or jasmine for relaxation, lemon or geranium for energy, and eucalyptus, peppermint, or juniper to relieve soreness.
SOLVE A PUZZLE
Solving crossword puzzles or other mental challenges can create the distraction you need to forget about your syndrome. Also, putting together regular puzzles may provide distraction and enjoyment as you see the image of the puzzle come together.
TRY RELAXATION THERAPIES
Relaxation techniques are a great way to deal with fybromyalgia pain. Use meditation, deep breathing, tai chi, and other methods to relax the body and mind.
Even though fybromyalgia can be very painful, there are methods to deal with this pain. Don’t be afraid to try some of these techniques as they may provide new and creative ways to cope with the pain.