6 Ways to Get a Handle on Fibromyalgia
- Don’t give up on exercise
Exercise can help you feel better and sleep more soundly, leading to more energy. Unfortunately, you may pay for the exercise the next day—or beyond—and give up on exercise. The key is to exercise briefly at different times of the day. Starting with two or three minutes of exercise may be best if you’ve been inactive for a while.
Exercising in an extra-warm pool is often a soothing option. If all exercise is painful, consider having a physical therapist design a program that fits your needs.
- Post your priorities
Since your energy level is lower than average, it’s good to set priorities so you can get the most important things done before you’re too tired.
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Making a numbered list of plans for the next day and beyond is often a good strategy. If you’re in the midst of fibro fog, you may want to post extra reminders around your home.
- Pace yourself
You probably tend to feel your best at about the same time each day. Plan to take care of your most difficult tasks during this time, then follow up with something relaxing, such as reading or watching a movie, to avoid overexertion.
When you’re having a good day, you may charge into all the activities you’ve been missing out on—then be in agony the next day. Try to resist the urge to get everything done at once.
On the other hand, if you’re feeling especially bad, don’t feel guilty about taking it easy. Do whatever can’t wait, and leave the rest for another day.