Fibromyalgia and Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) are not easy conditions to deal with. Here, I am sharing some tips from my own observations in working with clients.
For some people, past traumatic experiences can be a trigger for the onset of Fibromyalgia or CFS so emotional support or therapy of some sort to address the trigger event can be very useful for some. It does not have to be a "Big T" trauma - a single very serious traumatic event; it can be a series of difficult events that eventually overflow our cup of tolerance.
For all sufferers of Fibromyalgia and CFS (and to be honest for everyone), mindfulness, meditation and relaxation techniques help us get back in touch with our bodies and is strongly recommended. These support our emotional balance and put our nervous system into a positive healing state so all our internal systems function better. This includes not just our mood but digestion, blood pressure management, circulation and temperature regulation. Regular meditation and mindfulness also helps alleviate our perception of pain as our nervous system calms down and self-regulates better.
Good nutrition is key - check you have the right levels of B group vitamins including B12, and omega 3 of fish origin, not omega 6 of plant origin.
Movement is key, but dosage is super important, as we don't want to overdo things - Fibromyalgia and CFS are characterised by exercise intolerance and limits can be very different day to day. Low impact exercise such as gentle exercises in water, Tai Chi or Qigong, gentle yoga or Pilates are really beneficial. Be especially careful with CFS as when exhaustion sets in, you can be set back and feel that "crash" in your system.
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