Tip for Coping With Chronic Illnesses: Fun!

I don’t have a prob­lem with this, usu­al­ly. But I thought maybe some of my friends with FM could stand to hear it, too. And yes, I do occa­sion­al­ly need the reminder 🙂

Stock­pile fun dis­trac­tions. We all need to keep lists handy of the things that make us hap­py. One of the cru­el­ties of hav­ing fibromyal­gia or Chron­ic Fatigue Syn­drome is that when we need dis­trac­tions most, we are least equipped to seek them out. For this rea­son, it is impor­tant to com­pile a list of your favorite activ­i­ties when you are feel­ing opti­mistic to be used when you most need them. Peo­ple with fibromyal­gia often describe how even their worst pain can be put on a back burn­er, so to speak, when they become engrossed in an activ­i­ty. This is not only a psy­cho­log­i­cal but a phys­i­o­log­i­cal response: our brains can only process so much input at once. When we are engrossed in a beau­ti­ful movie, talk­ing to a good friend on the phone, or lis­ten­ing to our favorite music while lying on a heat­ing pad or in the bath­tub, we can trick our pain recep­tors into leav­ing us alone! Mean­while, improve­ments in spir­it have an added impact on our entire well-being. Laugh­ter is good med­i­cine; while dwelling on our trou­bles tends to com­pound them. 

(Source: “Main­tain­ing a Pos­i­tive Atti­tude with Fibromyal­gia and Chron­ic Fatigue Syn­drome: Ten Strate­gies” by Deb­o­rah A. Bar­rett, Ph.D.)

Cur­rent Mood: 🙂hap­py
Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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