Fibromyalgia is a condition where pain and fatigue are constant companions. This can make it really difficult to work in the office. However, it is not impossible.
Making a few changes at the workplace can help in reducing fibromyalgia pain in hands and fingers, shoulders, neck, knees and back. Here are 5 adjustments you can make to help you cope with fibromyalgia during work hours.
“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” – Ronald Reagan
It’s an essential element of physical and mental health: having a strong support system.
Research shows that being able to turn to family and friends in times of need is linked to better health and even a longer life. Having a supportive network also helps to protect you against developing mood disorders and post traumatic stress. That’s partly because social support helps people cope better with stress.
When you become sick, you really need all the support you can get. You probably feel overwhelmed by the painful sensations and rollercoaster of emotions. Not too mention that you may not be able to perform everyday tasks like cleaning your home or even getting dressed anymore.
But asking for help – and accepting it gracefully – is not always easy. Maybe you feel embarrassed to admit you need help. Or perhaps you’re scared of letting go of control over your life. Even if you do reach out for support, there’s the whole logistics of organizing practical support when you have to rely on helping hands a lot.
So when it comes to asking for help – and getting it – how can you make things as easy as possible? Take a look at 6 steps to mobilize your support system when you need help.
Do you ever dream about going to a luxurious wellness center where you can fully focus on your health and happiness?
I know I did. During times when I was severely ill, I used to fantasize about exotic yoga retreats or Swiss spas, with nothing on my mind but gentle exercise, nourishing meals, health-boosting massages and meditation sessions.
But unfortunately, that’s not how recovery works for most people. It’s something you have to work on in the midst of doctor’s appointments, work obligations, looking after your family and running a household.
And even if you do start your healing process in a rehabilitation retreat, one day you will get back to your regular life. You still need to find a way to combine managing your health and your other responsibilities.
So how can you work on your recovery from illness in everyday life?
A lot of it depends on your health condition and personal situation. But here are some helpful ways you can still boost your health and happiness when you’re short on time and energy.
It’s back-to-school season in many parts of the world. An exciting period for most kids, getting used to new a new classroom and teacher. But after six weeks (or more) of taking things slow, most families do need to get back into a routine again.
Of course no one likes to hear the alarm clock go off, but parents with chronic illness may really struggle to get back into a rhythm that’s not in tune with their body’s capabilities. Having school-aged kids brings all kinds of responsibilities, from helping with homework to enabling extracurricular activities and play dates. No matter how much you love your kids, these commitments are not always easy to handle when you’re sick and in pain every day.
What helps you cope depends a lot on your health situation, your family and where you live. School systems and the way we raise our kids vary a lot around the world.But here are some general energy-saving back-to-school tips for chronically ill parents.
We’ve all experienced days when accomplishing even the simplest of everyday tasks can prove to be a struggle. Chronic illness is commonly associated with discomfort, pain and fatigue. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) can present these in addition to mobility and coordination challenges, which can make daily tasks difficult on a regular basis.
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), six out of ten adults in the US have a chronic disease, one out of four live with some type of disability, and only .73% of housing units with a resident wheelchair user is actually fully wheelchair accessible. When faced with mobility challenges, the accessibility of a given environment is a major determining factor in how engaged and active you’re able to be. This is especially important in the home, where you should have the most peace of mind.
Luckily, there are some relatively simple steps that can be taken around the house that can help you conserve energy and accomplish tasks more efficiently.
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