Fibromyalgia is the most common musculoskeletal condition after osteoarthritis, however, to this day it is still often misdiagnosed and misunderstood. And dealing with fibromyalgia, or any chronic illness for that matter, every minute of every day can be enough to drive even the toughest person insane. It is for this reason that it is important to find ways to relieve the anxiety and stress that is a natural, albeit unwelcome, part of your life.
Anytime a person suffers from a chronic illness, it is easy for the illness to take over their lives and to large extent define them. However, it is not only wrong, but it can be quite damaging to allow an illness to dictate who we are. In order to maintain your independence, your feeling of self, and more importantly, your sanity, try implementing these practices in your life. Remember, you have an illness, the illness doesn’t have you.
All too often, when a person has a chronic illness they find that many of the things in life that they once took pleasure in begin to fall to the wayside. In order to combat this, we suggest getting creative. Knitting, sewing, cooking, painting, drawing, playing an instrument; it doesn’t matter so much what you do, rather that you do it. Flexing your creative muscle is a great way to help forget about your illness and take more pleasure out of life.
Dress Up a Little
When you are feeling down from a chronic illness like fibromyalgia, it can be easy to shut the door, dawn your comfy sweatpants and hide from the world. However, from a psychological point of view, this may, in fact, make you feel worse. Try getting out of the house and dress up a little bit. Not only will it improve your confidence, but it will also help you to maintain a feeling of freedom knowing that you dictate what you do, not your illness.
Much like the previous point, fibromyalgia can leave a person yearning for the comfort and safety of their own. However, countless studies have touted the positive effects that getting outside can provide you. Feel the sun on your skin, breath the fresh air, and maybe even invite a friend to enjoy a stroll in the park. It’s important not to forget about the big beautiful world out there just because you feel like shutting yourself in.
Living with a chronic disease is a full-time job, and just like people need a vacation after putting in long hours at work, so does a person with fibromyalgia for simply getting through the day. Light some scented candles, draw yourself a warm bath, pour in some Epsom salts and essential oils and relax. This is an easy and simple way to feel rejuvenated that you can easily do anytime you begin to feel like your illness is winning the battle.