A simple task such as waking up in the morning & getting out of bed can be seen & thought of as so easy but in reality, for those of us who suffer with fibromyalgia & chronic illnesses it is one of the hardest parts of our day and this is something where more awareness needs to be raised. This may seem like an exaggeration, but I promise you it is not. It takes our bodies & minds so much more time & energy to carry out these simple routines which come with the struggles of our everyday lives.
Gratefulness & positivity alongside some of the coping mechanisms I use for pain & mindfulness is how I get through the days, which also helps me with the 4 days a week I work where I have to wake up at 7:30am. I have the most difficult nights when I am having a flare up, just laying there as my body is filled with agony, my head pounding & just exhausted trying to fall asleep. This is when my anxiety starts to play a part as I become worried & let my thoughts race about many things such as how I will wake in the morning & get through a day of work when I am tired & have a high level of pain.
However, as I mentioned I am so grateful to wake up every day & be able to work & have a job in the field I love. Many individuals with Fibromyalgia are sadly unable to do this, so I genuinely count it as a massive blessing. If I had any advice to give you, I would advise you to:
– Make your struggles known to your employer, family and friends so there is a really good level of understanding if you ever run late or cannot make it to an event.
– Allow yourself more time than the “norm” to slowly complete your tasks of the day.
– Get into bed earlier to give yourself more time to get as much sleep as you can by getting into bed and winding down a bit earlier than the usual.
– Use herbal methods and materials for sleep.
– Try and have a bath with salts before bed.
– Try using mindfulness & meditation apps.
– Rest throughout the day to lessen the chances of a worsened quality of sleep.
I hope this post can raise more awareness of the difficulty & severity of Fibromyalgia and also benefit some of you with the tips & advice I’ve given!