Want Top Tips for fibromyalgia and chronic illness? As a fibromyalgia coach and someone who has personally recovered from fibromyalgia, I see two ways to go about this. There’s either a surface-level approach or going deep. Different approaches for different reasons.
It’s that time of year again — May — Fibromyalgia Awareness Day / Month. I’m grateful to be part of the fibromyalgia community where we share valuable (and varied!) information for you, our readers. In the weeks ahead, I’ll share posts from my colleagues with their top tips, and I appreciate you sharing them, too.
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Top Tips for Fibromyalgia
Notice I didn’t say “tips for healing fibromyalgia.” There’s a difference between mitigating symptoms and removing them (that’s called recovery).
As I thought about the tips I’d like to share, this old saying about getting what you want came to mind. It goes something like this:
You can have two out of the three: fast, good, and cheap. Take your pick.
- You can have good and fast, but it won’t be cheap
- You can have good and cheap, but it won’t be fast
- You can have fast and cheap, but it won’t be good
I feel some similarities when it comes to sharing tips. Some may be fast, but not lasting. Others might be longer-lasting, but definitely not cheap, etc.
It all becomes a factor of what you’re looking for.
There’s no wrong way. Maybe you need fast and efficient — more of a surface thing. Or, you may want longer-lasting results — something deeper. Some tips impact the problem (the iceberg) at the level of what we can see. Other tips have an impact on the entire structure of the iceberg (the parts you can’t see).
Either way — surface-quick or deeper-lasting — the tips are yours to choose.
Quick Surface Tips:
Drink enough water to adequately hydrate your body.
Use topical/internal products for temporary/supplemental relief (herbal remedies, oils, rubs, supplements, etc.).
Reduce your body’s natural tendency to stay stuck in the fight/flight/freeze response with a deep breathing RESET (help to restore/balance your body’s autonomic nervous system – ANS – response)
Get outside. Walk in nature. Move your body in ways that feel comfortable and healing to you – body movement, fitness, detoxification, etc.
It’s important to note that the frequent application of these tips CAN have both short-term and longer-lasting healing benefits.
Longer-Lasting Healing Tips:
Support your body and mind with healing nutrition (remove what’s triggering pain/symptoms for you and replace key missing nutrients)
Support your body and mind with key stress management practices and protocols — done regularly and consistently
Support your body and mind with the elimination of toxins, infections, pathogens, etc. and replace with key missing micronutrients and remedies to re-establish gut/intestinal balance
Support your body and mind with better quality sleep (notice how this is a natural outcome of the previous steps?)
This is just a super shortlist of ways to begin. This is not exhaustive by any stretch. It doesn’t even cover relationship issues, work-related issues, physical-limitation issues, etc. It also doesn’t cover the overarching theme of the role the brain plays in healing.
If you haven’t already, I suggest you dive into my books. For the most comprehensive book that includes a complete roadmap of methods to heal – start off with —
For Stress Management and some creative fun, have you grabbed a copy of Chronic Coloring?
And for motivation, inspiration, and a deep feeling of being understood, dive into my first book, FibroWHYalgia.
Want More Fibro Tip Resources?
I’ve written extensively on many of the subjects listed above. A great place to start is my Resources library page which can be found here:
This is where you can find tips on hydration, diet, deep breathing, stress management, and even my favorite type of magnesium lotion. (And, much, much more.)
Would you like to have a conversation to talk about your own symptoms? Click here and book a free Confusion to Clarity Session with me. https://rebuildingwellness.setmore.com
I look forward to meeting you!