Having fibromyalgia or any chronic illness has its stressors, both physical and emotional. I have discovered ways to help me relax and de-stress to a certain point. If you have ways that help you de-stress and relax, please share them in the comments section so others can benefit, too.
If you are prone to anxiety, deep breathing helps to calm you. One way to do this is to place your hand on your belly (so you can feel your lungs filling up), breathe in through your nose to the count of five, hold, breathe out to the through your mouth to the count of six. Start out by doing this for two or three minutes and work your way up to 10 to 20 minutes a day.
Aromatherapy appears to be helpful in many ways. Here are some good oils for relaxation:
Lavender can be put on your wrist pulse points, used it in your bath, and put on your pillow to help you sleep better.
Rose is great for relieving anxiety and depression, panic attacks, grief, and shock. You can put it in a foot bath while you soak and inhale its relaxing properties.
Vetiver has a tranquil and calming energy. It's one of the best for anxiety.
Ylang ylang has been shown to help with cheerfulness, courage, optimism, and can even soothe fearfulness. It may also calm nervous palpitations and can help with insomnia.
Bergamot is calming and has been used to treat depression by providing energy. It can also help with insomnia.
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