Something happened to me 2 weeks ago, I was travelling home on my motorbike and I’d been having a hard time with withdrawing off all my fibromyalgia medications, crying every day and generally feeling very disturbed, lonely and depressed. But one day whilst riding home, I felt free, different, like I’d dropped something off on the way home. I got home and after locking up my bike I just sat in the house smiling, knowing I felt different but not really understanding what had happened.
I thought about this most of the night and I thought maybe this was due to the transition of coming off a number of regular medications, which quite frankly didn’t work or did for a short period of time and transitioning to natural supplementation. I mean what else could it be? Acceptance, maybe my mind had shifted by undertaking mindfulness practises every day with yoga and meditation? Maybe it was a combination of everything?
Well whatever it is it’s like it all clicked into place. I’ll be honest since that day the fibromyalgia really hasn’t bothered me too much as long as I stick to the plan. What plan is this you might ask? It’s my plan. Something I’m working on for me, something I will share with the world once I prove it works and something I dream about doing as a profession. This is why I’ve been given the gift of fibromyalgia after my spinal fusion. It’s to learn optimum health, the meaning of my life and to help others, thats what I feel happened to me 2 weeks ago.
So what are my tips for starting your plan? Tackle the number one problem; stress. Work on your diet, you must find the right exercise for you and do it every day and find the right supplementation. Retrain your brain using mindfulness meditation, self hypnosis and other techniques. It takes blood, sweat and tears but one day the weight will come off your shoulders too.
You’ll never cure fibromyalgia but you’ll learn to live with it like I have, even maybe learn to love it ❤️. Sound crazy? Not at all, do you love yourself? Learn to love the condition and help your body cope using the power of your mind. Your body deserves that.
Tips for managing stress:-
- Don’t worry about the things that are out of your control (for example developing this condition, just accept it)
- Take things one step it day at a time (don’t worry about tomorrow or next week, use mindfulness to bring you back to the present time)
- Prepare for stressful events by taking 5-10 minutes to focus and calm your mind. (Close your eyes and visualise your favourite place, taking in all the sights, sounds, smells and turn up everything including the colours and noises)
- Try and look as change as positive or as a challenge, instead of assuming it is an hindrance. (List down the positives of what the change could bring)
- Ask yourself what you can learn from things, and how you can inspire or motivate people from your experience. (Is there a friend or someone in a focus group who is having a hard time that can benefit from what you have learnt?)
- Share your worries or concerns with like-minded people. You are not looking for sympathy, but empathy. (Sharing with a focus group or friends can be empowering)
- Take a 5 minute walk if you can. Walking and stretching can renew your energy. (I walk every day for at least 5 minutes and do mindfulness yoga daily. It’s relaxing and clears your mind).
- Remember to eat (fibromyalgia makes your nervous system over sensitive so how often you eat and what you eat makes a massive difference to how you feel both mentally and physically, make it natural, organic and small meals every 3 hours).
- Try and set realistic goals – but don’t push yourself, you have been through enough already (your goals can be simple enough to be achievable and you need to have them pinned up somewhere where you see them).
- Journal your thoughts or begin a simple blog. Reaching out to others who have been through similar experiences can be life changing (I do this both on WordPress and on Facebook, my sites are not to share negativity but to share my experiences with others but also to allow me and others to laugh at the ups and downs on finding my path, you need to write down the purpose of your blogging, this will keep you focused).