11 Tips to Improve Your Life With Fibromyalgia

Living with fibromyalgia can be incredibly difficult. Coping with constant pain and extreme fatigue takes a toll on your physical and mental well-being, so it's important to look after yourself as best you can. To help you improve your everyday life with fibromyalgia, we've put together a list of tips based on information from WebMD and Practical Pain Management. 1. Eat well Every fibromyalgia patient is different. Some may find that certain foods trigger flares and make symptoms worse, so an elimination diet may help determine which foods aren't sitting well. Eat a healthy and balanced diet, with lots of fruit, vegetables, and whole grains and steer clear of processed foods as often as possible. MORE: Read our five diet tips to help you to control fibro flares 2. Exercise as much as possible It may seem counter-productive to exercise if you're feeling fatigued, but exercise will increase your energy levels, boost your mood and help you sleep. You don't have to run a marathon, just do as much as you can manage as often as you can. 3. Have a massage  Massages help to reduce stiffness in the muscles and relieve pain, they are also very relaxing and a good way to de-stress and unwind. Fibro patients often report decreased pain and improved movement and flexibility following a massage. Using essential oils during the massage may also help. 4. Avoid stress We know that it's not possible to eliminate all stress from our lives, but we can limit the amount of stress we subject ourselves to. Look for ways to help relieve stress like meditation, taking up a hobby, and scheduling in some quality "me time." MORE: Four facts about fibromyalgia you might find interesting 5. Improve your sleep We know this is often easier said than done, but t
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