If you suffer with fibromyalgia and experience negative thoughts, this is said to cause stress and can worsen symptoms as a result. Find tips on how to remain optimistic and de-stress in this blog post.
Stress is something that can be caused by a plethora of things, including problems with work, relationships and/ or money. Not only can stress have a negative effect on how you feel, think and behave, it also has the ability to alter the way your body works by causing sleep-deprivation and issues with the immune system. For fibromyalgia sufferers however, the effects of stress can be worse, something we know all too well as a law firm with vast experience in handling fibromyalgia claims. In this blog post, we offer a helping hand by sharing our top tips on how to remain positive and de-stress in order to keep painful fibromyalgia symptoms at bay.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that is known for causing pain all over the body, including muscle, joint pain, and fatigue. Due to its debilitating nature, fibromyalgia is notorious for inducing negative thoughts, also known as rumination, which in turn results into the development of psychological problems, such as stress.
Rumination is the technical term for someone who is having deep, repetitive, and considered thoughts about a negative experience and/ or emotion. When someone is experiencing rumination, they are constantly dwelling on a thought or feeling, leaving themselves with thoughts about being inadequate or worthless.
In a recent study titled “Rumination Modulates Stress And Other Psychological Processes In Fibromyalgia”, it was revealed that high levels of rumination correlated with stress and, as a result, worsened symptoms in fibromyalgia sufferers. For the study, researchers surveyed 98 women with fibromyalgia to gauge the various aspects of their overall mood. In conclusion, results showed that less rumination resulted in less stress and, in turn, fewer physical symptoms, proving that those who experience more positive thoughts should experience a relief from their pain.
If you suffer with fibromyalgia however, staying upbeat is easier said than done, so how can you improve your overall outlook on life in order to prevent stress? Find out.
Taking part in light, regular exercise on a daily basis is good for the body and the soul. To make exercising a little easier for yourself, choose a workout that you enjoy. It’s also important to make sure that the specific exercise you choose is do-able and within your physical remit. Meditation is especially good for de-stressing and relaxing the body. For more information on how exercise can be utilised to improve fibromyalgia symptoms, read our blog.
In addition to exercise, you should embrace other healthy lifestyle choices to decrease your stress levels.
Sleep – Making sleep a priority is highly recommended; sleep and stress often come as a pair, however if you improve one, you’re likely to improve the other. Therefore, getting enough sleep should reduce the amount of stress you experience. Find tips on how to get a good night’s sleep with fibromyalgia on our blog here.
Diet – With the right foods, you will feel more energised and balanced. In fact, there are certain foods which have been proven to reduce fibromyalgia symptoms, so take a note of these and incorporate them in your diet where you can.
Caffeine – Drinking caffeine provides temporary highs that, more often than not, result in a crash in mood and energy. Reducing the amount of coffee and/ or tea you drink throughout the day will help you feel more relaxed and improve your sleep quality.
Alcohol & Cigarettes – Self-medicating with alcohol or by smoking is something that should be avoided at all costs. It’s important to remember that the relief you feel as a result of drinking a glass of wine or smoking a cigarette is only temporary and not permanent.
Balance is key. Rather than overwhelming yourself with social events, organise your life to ensure you have enough time to do the things you want to do as opposed to what you have to do, such as reading or baking. Sometimes, life can become hectic, so it’s important to make sure you have time for yourself.
Rather than dwelling on the things you can’t change, concentrate on the things you can. Sometimes, the simplest things can send you over the edge, but it’s important to keep calm and carry on no matter what. As a fibromyalgia sufferer, acceptance can be hard; living with the condition can change your life forever. Coming to terms with this is incredibly important in order to move on and live life to the full.
To conclude, stress doesn’t cause fibromyalgia, however it certainly can make living with the condition much more difficult by increasing pain and worsening symptoms, as discussed earlier in this blog post. At Brian Barr, we offer a helping hand to all sufferers, so if you need further help or advice on how you can de-stress, head over to our Facebook page and join our community.
Alternatively, if you suffer with the condition as a result of an accident or injury, you could be entitled to compensation and, with 30 years combined experience, we are on hand to help with any fibromyalgia claim. In order to find out more or discuss your particular case, call us for free on 0808 123 0003 or fill in our contact form here.