Tips For The Fibromyalgai Sufferer – Holiday Shopping
Holiday shopping has become an event among many Americans, with many of them planning in advance, rising at early hours, standing in long lines, or spending entire days just shopping for the upcoming holidays. While this should be a time of enjoyment, for the Fibromyalgai sufferer it can be completely overwhelming and depending on the circumstances nearly impossible. However, holiday shopping can be enjoyed and accomplished without fiasco if a few steps are taken into consideration.
- Make a List and Check it Twice – Everyone has heard popular children’s Christmas Carol that sings about Santa Clause who is making a list and checking it twice. This thought can go a long way for the Fibromyalgai sufferer who is trying to survive the holidays.
- Shop at Home – with the invention of the internet and online shopping, holiday shopping for the Fibromyalgai sufferer has become a whole lot easier. Shopping at home can be done through the internet, phone, or even catalog orders so that less stress is experienced. One note to remember is that shopping from home does take some advanced planning to make sure that the items will be delivered on time, so timing is everything!
- Organize – Of course there will be the instances where shopping at home just isn’t feasible, and when these times come it is important to organize the upcoming shopping trip ahead of time. Try to group gifts that need to purchase together into shopping trips, for example the kids or the grandmothers, so that no one is forgotten and hopefully most items in one grouping can be purchased at the same location.
- Timing is Everything – first of all, don’t procrastinate! Again advanced planning is important, even in the time of day that the shopping will take place. Consideration should be given to when the symptoms of Fibromyalgai affect the Fibromyalgia sufferer the most and avoidance of shopping during those times should be practiced whenever possible. Another tip is that shopping crowds tend to be less during the early morning hours, so if symptoms allow, productivity (and better parking!) may be better during those shopping hours. However if the symptoms of Fibromyalgai are worse in the mornings then perhaps late night shopping at stores that are open later would best work for the Fibromyalgai sufferer with morning stiffness or joint issues.
- Invite a Friend – when it comes to shopping for the Fibromyalgai sufferer the term “the more the merrier” really does come into play. Inviting a friend (or two!) along can actually allow the shopping experience to run more smoothly because then the Fibromyalgia sufferer will have someone to help them stay focused, carry heavy bags, help drive, or even help to split up the trip to make it go more quickly if needed.
- Care for Yourself – it is important to remember that there will be symptoms of the Fibromyalgia, even during holiday shopping. This isn’t a magical time where symptoms will decrease; in fact studies show that many Fibromyalgai sufferers will experience elevated symptoms during this time because of pressures and stress of the holidays. It’s important to take any medications that might be needed along for the shopping trip as well as any mobility aids (such as walker, cane, or crutches) which will help if symptoms become elevated.
- Dress for Comfort – this is another important planning tip for those who will do any holiday shopping and are also dealing with the symptoms of Fibromyalgai. Especially for those whose Fibromyalgai pain includes clothing related pain. Taking care to wear clothing that can be tolerated for longer periods of time and dressing in layers can help to make the holiday shopping more enjoyable.
- Take a Time Out – planning for periods of rest are important during holiday shopping trips. There are often times plenty of places to sit and rest such as food courts, benches, or if necessary a dressing room in a department store. Planning for periods of rest is important, so not cramming everything into one giant shopping trip is also vital to remember.
- Ask for Help – it’s important to ask for help during shopping trips when needed. Don’t be too prideful and waste energy where it’s not necessary. Employees and salespeople are there to help shoppers find exactly what they need and utilizing this service can make the shopping trip more enjoyable.