I would like to share my top coping tips and would love to hear yours.
My fatigue can debilitating at times, so I always ensure I have time in the afternoon to rest and reprieve. I keep a small table next to my bed where I keep the things I need daily: my meds, tissues, water, cellphone, tablet, books, laptop, a journal, and a pen.
I make an effort to go for a 30-minute walk every day to help fight muscle weakness and improve my mood. i also go the gym once a week to increase strength and vitality through a modified lifting program .
Reading is a passion, so I keep various genres around depending on my mood. I find I can then pick up a book within reach. I keep several books bedside depending on my mood and inclination at the moment. I spend time throughout the day in bed with short rest periods to rejuvenate and move on with my day. Hence, why I always share: Good Reads. Every book in Good Reads has been personally read by me.
I am always on a quest for buying clothes that are soft and comfortable. I never wear a bra unless I’m going somewhere important. They cause pain and bondage near my ribs. Comfort is everything and for that reason I wear mostly T-shirts, sweats, and very comfy pajamas as soon as I'm home.
Listening to uplifting music, reading my Bible, and praying daily really helps to keep me centered. When I’m too tired to think or the pain increases I get lost in a good movie. You probably have noticed I share Great Flicks often. These, too, are movies watched personally from Netflix. I find after a good movie on a bad day, my pain lessens.
I found it’s an important fact of life that I accept my limitations and take good care of myself. This can be difficult for Fibros because we often look better than we feel. Sadly, most family and friends are always suggesting we need a little more fun in our lives when all we need is some down time to feel better. Keeping this in mind reminds me to be careful when choosing the best time of day to do something.
Because of this I don’t let other people tell me what I should be doing or not doing to get better. I choose not to let negativity in whenever I can. I also do my best to eat healthy foods, but when I’m exhausted and just grab something easy, I don’t feel guilty about it. And if i don't get all my chores done for the day I tell my self "tomorrow is another day".
What are your top tips for coping?