De-stress to improve your FMS symptoms

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Many studies have shown that stress can increase the physical, emotional, and psychological effects of Fibromyalgia on a person's body and life. Anxiety, worry and stress can trigger stiffness, muscle pain, poor sleep and can exacerbate a flare of Fibromyalgia for some patients. It is important to remember that if you suffer with FM, you can seek the help of health professionals to help you to manage your condition and support you in reducing the impact it can have on your life.

What You'll Need

  • Ask your Doctor for recommendations of mental health specialists and services you can contact.
  • Seek out your local gym or fitness studio, or you can even try online videos to practice meditation and yoga.

What You'll Do

  • Consult a psychologist to help you work through your stress triggers. They can teach you tools that will help you spot the triggers and help you manage the reaction before the symptoms take over.
  • Try yoga and meditation practices. Many studies show that mindfulness and breathing work can have a positive effect on releasing pressure on joints and stiffness in the physical body.
  • Surround yourself with those you love. Your friends and family are there to support you – lean on them in times of need and you may feel more confident and supported in managing your pain and fatigue symptoms.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consult your GP for advice concerning your specific condition.
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