I thought it would be useful to share 6 tips that I have found to help me manage my fibromyalgia. I hope that you they help you manage your illness a little easier.
Accepting that you have a chronic illness isn’t easy and it took me a long time. I still go through phases now when I think ‘why me’ but that doesn’t help anyone. At first I really struggled with accepting that I’d got fibromyalgia but I realised that this was not helping my symptoms. By accepting that I had fibromyalgia and there was nothing I could do to change it made a big impact. A recent Instagram post was about your illness not defining you. Stop beating yourself up about what you can’t do and focus on what you can do. This links in nicely with number two.
Again, not an easy one when you’re in excruciating pain but trying to look for the positives in life does help to give a better outlook. There is always someone in a worse place than you are. Remember that! Even a small positive can give you something to focus on and lift your moods by taking your mind off your symptoms. Personally, I find that keeping positive is so important and enables me to manage the condition more effectively.
If I know that I’m going to have a long day at work I’ll try to make sure that there is something easy for dinner when I get in. My slow cooker is brilliant for this and you can do so many things in it too. Whenever I cook, I also tend to make sure that there will be leftovers to make one meal that can be stored either in the fridge or the freezer. This then makes the perfect meal for my lunch the next day or later on in the week. Preparation also comes on the goo days too by trying to get ahead a little. I know that this is easier said than done! It makes me feel much better knowing that I can relax because I’m ahead with jobs. It’s not easy but I like it because it does pay off.
4) Make time for you.
Whatever it is that you enjoy doing – make time for you. This is something that I try to do everyday and you can probably guess what my favourite wind down thing is… Flicking through Instagram! I always used to read so this is something that I have tried to start doing again. There’s nothing better than getting lost in a book. Whatever it is that you enjoy, try to make time to do it. In turn – it will lift your moods and automatically make you feel better.
5) Don’t be afraid to say no.
For me, this has been a big learning curve with my family and friends. If I’m having a fibromyalgia flare up and really don’t feel like going out; doing something or even housework – say no. There is no point in trying to go out of your way if you will end up worse off. Housework will wait. True friends will wait. Family will wait. You need to put yourself first.
6) Be organised.
If you can find things and get to things easily it makes life easier. Less clutter also makes easier cleaning too. Being organised in your home means you can save time which links back to number 4. My favourite saying around the home is ‘try not to make yourself two jobs’… for example when tidying up from eating a meal, clear the table and then sort everything straight away. Clearing the table and then leaving it on the kitchen side creates two jobs when there only needed to be one. On a fibromyalgia flare up day I still try to push myself to do this as I cannot face coming back to things. I’m not saying that I do this all of the time because I just can’t face it sometimes but I do try to as it makes things easier.
I hope that you find these tips useful. If you have found any tips that you’d like to share or any feedback on any of these tips then please pop a comment on this post. Thank you 🙂