Chronic pain and Christmas don’t make the perfect pair, but we have got some ways to help.
Christmas can be a tough time of year for a lot of people, but particularly for those living with chronic pain. If you are concerned about coping during the festive period, read our 10 tips for managing your fibromyalgia.
When living with chronic pain, it is important to take breaks and not put too much stress on your body. Christmas can be a stressful time, with a lot of rushing around. Try to avoid this as much as possible and allow your body to rest.
Be as sociable as you want to be
During December, it can seem like party invitations are endless. From office parties to family get-togethers, your social calendar can easily get out of hand. If you are feeling like you need to rest and let your body recover, don’t be afraid of turning down an invite or two.
Remember you are not alone
Although living with fibromyalgia can feel very isolating at times, try to remember there are millions of people living with chronic pain. It may be beneficial for you to talk about your condition with other people experiencing similar symptoms. Try joining fibromyalgia support groups on Facebook as a place to share your thoughts and feelings.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Christmas is all about family, so don’t be afraid of asking yours for help! If you are struggling to get everything done for Christmas, or you are suffering from a fibro flare up, see if your loved ones can ease the load for you.
Keep your pain relievers handy
Whether it is a hot water bottle or that favourite cushion, we all have those little things that can help make life more comfortable. Make sure you have got yours handy during the festive season.
Rethink your schedule
If work is getting on top of you, resulting in flare ups, speak to your boss and see if you can work differently. Working from home some days or going part-time could help recharge your batteries
Don’t over do the sugar
Treats seem to be everywhere you look at Christmas, and it can be very tempting to over indulge. However, sugar can be a major cause of fibromyalgia inflammation, so try to cut back on the chocolates to avoid intensifying your symptoms.
If you are one of those people that leaves all their festive shopping until Christmas Eve, this may add to the stress on your body. Try to plan ahead to avoid any situations that can be harmful to your chronic pain.
Maintain your exercise
It can be tempting to let things slide at Christmas, but maintaining your exercise routine could help you keep control over your fibromyalgia. Gentle exercises such as yoga or swimming keep your joints moving and eases fatigue and pain.
Christmas is a time for fun and family. Although you may be struggling with your chronic pain, use this time to relax with your loved ones and look forward to the year ahead.