Hello all, sorry I have not posted recently. I have not fallen off the face of the planet 🙂 But have been busy and fighting off an FM flare, all at the same time. I say fighting one, as most of you with FM know, that you can feel it coming on and you do your best to stave it off.
What I call, letting the dragon sleep. It’s like we all have this huge sleeping dragon, with anger management issues, curled up somewhere, that we hope, stays dozing away. Since no one in their right mind would walk over and kick it awake, as it’s a foul tempered beast and the first thing it would do, is take a few bites outta us, and walk all over us in the process.
So it begs the question of ” how do we stave off a flare ?” These things and many more…..
Take the time to rest: Means just what it says, just do it and never mind the voice in the back of your head trying to tell you otherwise.
Don’t wait till the crash before you do something: As in do not wait until the last moment, before you take preventive steps.
Postpone or get rid of unneeded tasks: Just what it says, if something does NOT need your direct participation, then don’t do it.
Delegate: Again, just as it says, hand things off and go do what you need to do, in order to avoid forced down time.
Plan things: This one might be obvious but there is nothing more energy wasting than a poorly thought out activity, no matter what it is, so get your act together here and your body will thank you.
Know the things that make you crash: We all have our personal “triggers” if you will. A great many we share in common but some, some are very one of a kind to us alone. Figure out what they are for you, and avoid them.
Acceptance: Face some facts, flares are going to happen, it’s a given, so beating yourself up for having one, is not only pointless, its a recipe for making the flare… worse, not to mention, stay longer. So do not do this to yourself.
Leave some flex room: Life doesn’t have script. If at the last moment we need to change things, based on how we feel right now.. then do it, change it. Do not just keep right on, with whatever it was, if you are not up for it, as you will pay the price, in pain.
Ditch the stress: I think this one is pretty self explanatory 🙂
Learn when to say No: Tough one for most of us, as we tend to feel guilty if we say no. But let’s again face some facts, we do not have the fund of energy we once had, period.
So we have to ration what we do have, and that often means, saying no, to a great many things. If in doubt as to what you think should be on the NO list, refer to Postpone or get rid of unneeded tasks:
Now, on my site ( see side bar for link ) you will find a more detailed, and less personal description as to what these all mean, as well as many others, but in basic.. this is how it works, this is how you work around the flare, on tip toe if need be, which is where I have been for a while. Which meant that this, my blog was one of the things that had to go on the list of…. later.
But I hope now that it is back, I can post more often, but…. one never knows 🙂