Sunday, March 1, 2009

10 Ways to Manage Frustration, Fatigue and Pain

BREATHE. When Fibromyalgia frustration and anxiety are running high, use this simple breathing technique to calm your jitters: Slowly inhale into your belly, hold a few seconds, slowly exhale. Repeat 10 times or until you feel more relaxed.
KEEP IT SIMPLE. When you keep your lifestyle simple you'll experience less stress and fewer flare ups. Let go of non-essential activities and things you don't need that could be draining your energy.
TAKE CARE. Take care of YOU! Take good of yourself before serving others. Focus on your own self care by providing yourself with nurturing and restorative activities on a daily basis. You will be no help to others when exhausted and cranky!
SLOW DOWN. Take a break from the fast lane, the multitasking and your frenetic life! You will enjoy less frustration and greater calm when you slow the pace.BE STILL. Take 10 minutes and sit still with no distractions. Observe your breathing. Observe your thoughts but let them pass. You'll feel less stress and pain and enjoy a sense of calm and rejuvenation if you do this several times a day.
RELEASE RESISTANCE. Notice what you may be resisting. Let go of resistance and worry by allowing the universe to handle the details. This can result in less frustration, fear and pain for you!
ENJOY THE JOURNEY. Much of our pain comes from worrying about the future and regretting the past. Enjoy the present moment by hitting your pause button and living for right now.
FOLLOW YOUR HEART. When you express your deepest passions you will experience joy that can help ease pain, calm anxiety and contribute to greater balance and peace in your daily life.
PRACTICE GRATITUDE. When you are grateful for the good things in your life it helps you see the blessings you enjoy despite your symptoms and frustrations. Accept what you can't resolve at this moment and focus on the positive aspects of your life.
LOVE THYSELF. Can you accept yourself for who you are? This can be life's greatest challenge! Can you see how your illness has changed or transformed you in some way? You possess unique gifts. Explore how you can love your gifts and find the positive qualities you have to offer.

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