Last week we talked about some ways for those with fibromyalgia to relieve some of their symptoms—activities and suggestions that were from real-life experiences with the condition. This week we have another couple of tips for easing the strain of fibromyalgia.
Tip #4: Find a light exercise, such as yoga, swimming, walking, and figure out a time in your day where you can do this three times a week, even if it’s just for 20 minutes. (Restorative and yin yoga seem particularly good for anyone with chronic pain, so check out your local yoga studios and gyms.) When you’re doing your light exercise, make sure that if you ever feel like you’re overdoing it or straining, you remember to pull back or even stop what you’re doing. Overtaxing yourself when you have fibromyalgia is counterproductive, as you might pay for it for days with a flare-up.
When you find your activity or a class you want to take, make room for it in your schedule and make it sacred. Nothing ever gets in the way of that sacred time—you don’t say to your friend that you can meet her during that time, you go every week faithfully. And you pick a time that you can arrange reliable childcare if necessary. If you can go two, or even three, times a week, even better. This even applies to the walks you’ve planned for your light exercise—and walks are a great choice, as it reconnects you with something bigger than yourself, i.e. nature. You can see the spring flowers, you can see the fall leaves, you can take in the fresh air, see your neighbors, feel the wind on your face—all of these things can lift your mood, just with those visuals around you and also with the endorphins released by exercise. Of course, it also helps to work your muscles and keep them toned.
Tip #5: Finding a creative outlet can also be very helpful, but please don’t tell me that you’re not creative. People say this to me often when I bring this up, and I believe that everyone is creative, just in different ways. Some people may be creative and express themselves through setting a table, solving mechanical problems, fixing things, cooking a meal, gardening, painting, running a book club, organizing their desk or home, sewing and quilting, throwing a kids party—being “creative” doesn’t have to mean “artistic”. Allow yourself to feel creative!
One of the things I would love to do when I wasn’t feeling well was what I called “nesting”. I’d be home alone, put some nice music on and go through the house de-cluttering, straightening things—nothing too heavy, but things like rearranging knick-knacks on shelves, change out candles or rugs for the season. It would lift my spirits to create a space that I thought was beautiful. And, if you’re suffering from fibromyalgia, you may be home more than you used to be, so make it a nice space to be in. It doesn’t have to look like the pages of House Beautiful, but it should be appealing to you. And living in clutter and dirt with that poster on the wall that reminds you of how you were in college (especially if those are bad memories) is not conducive to healing. As with the nook that we talked about in last week’s blog, your home should be a place that makes you feel good when you’re there.
Next week, we get to my absolute number-one tip for dealing with symptoms, the accompanying depression and anxiety, and more.
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