10 Tips for Living Well with Fibromyalgia

10 Tips for Living Well with Fibromyalgia
Living with a chronic invisible illness like fibromyalgia can be a daily challenge. The key to living well includes finding ways to maintain your lifestyle, making adjustments, and, most importantly, taking care of yourself and listening to your body. Whether you are newly diagnosed or have been living with fibromyalgia for years, here are 10 tips and tricks that can help you live well with fibromyalgia. #1 Acceptance: Most anyone, when first diagnosed with a chronic illness, goes through a grieving period. You think about the things you have to give up, how your life will now be different, and miss all of the things you "used" to do. The first step in living a good life in spite of your illness is to find acceptance. Realize that yes, you will have to make some adjustments in your life, but there are a lot of things you still can do, in moderation. Understand your life is not over, it’s still worth living, and you can still be happy. #2 Balance: Know what your limits are. Unfortunately, you may have to say "no" sometimes  to certain things as a way to maintain a sense of balance in your life. If you have a demanding job, you might want to consider changing professions, reducing hours, or even taking some of your work home. #3 Relaxation and Meditation: No this is not some woo-woo, hippy-dippy mumbo-jumbo. Takin
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2 comments

  1. Jackie Lavoris says:

    Ohhhh THANK GOD
    FINALLLY SOMEONE THAT KNOWS IN DEPTH WHAT I HAVE BEEN SUFFERING WITH…THANK YOU SO MUCH… ???????

    • Bonnie Mishelevich says:

      Hi Jackie,
      I have lived with this for 40 years. I remember how I felt when I met someone who had it too. It was such a relief to know there were others. Then I began a Fibromyalgia Support Group that met at a local hospital every month for 11 years. It was liberating to be with these people with whom it was possible to share coping strategies, the pain of those who do not believe that we are limited, etc. I just wanted you to know that a happy life can still be possible as you live with this condition. It IS possible. Good luck to you.
      Bonnie M

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