4 Tips for Avoiding a Holiday Fibro Flare

“The holiday season is a perfect time to reflect on our blessings.”

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With the hustle and bustle of the holidays upon us, it’s best to plan ahead to try to avoid a flare rather than recover from one. Between visiting family and friends, shopping, and cooking, who has time right now to deal with the pain and exhaustion of fibromyalgia? Not me, that’s for sure! Who’s with me?

Here are my top tips for avoiding a flare during the holidays:

  1. Get your Zzzz’s. Yes, it’s tempting to stay up and visit, or get up early to get that turkey in the oven, but don’t sacrifice your sleep to do so. Your best offense is to get maintain your schedule and get those 7-9 hours of sleep! Your body will thank you.
  2. Take care of yourself. Hosting the family get-together? It’s OK to ask for help. You don’t have to do everything yourself. Make it a pot luck. Or cater in part of the meal. I like to set the table and prepare desserts and part of the meal the night before so I am not overdoing it on the day of the big event! Consider buying some fancy paper plates instead of using the good china. And when the kitchen is clean and the guests are gone, try a relaxing bath before bed. 🙂
  3. Eat properly. Yes, it’s the holidays. We are all going to indulge a little. But try the three bite rule when it comes to dessert or your major weaknesses: take just 3 bites of that pie or casserole. It allows you to sample and enjoy, but not overdo it. Chew slowly and pause between bites.  Avoid gluten, dairy, sugar, or those foods that you know trigger your flares (Fibromyalgia, migraines, and IBS can all be triggered by food).
  4. Exercise. Taking even 10 minutes for some Pilates, yoga, or a walk after that big meal will help keep everything in check. Here are some yoga moves to try to keep your digestion working properly.

I love the holidays: the food, the parties, visiting family. But I don’t love being curled up in bed because I overdid it. I prefer to enjoy my family time and count my blessings. I can skip that pecan pie if it means I won’t be in bed the next day.

“The holiday season is a perfect time to reflect on our blessings and seek out ways to make life better for those around us.” 

– Terri Marshall

Avoiding disaster is far better than recovering from it, and just a few simple steps can help you enjoy your holidays, so you’re not missing out on all of the fun!


Do you have other tips for avoiding a holiday flare?

Cheers!

Cynthia

Attitude of Gratitude

On this Thanksgiving eve, I am reblogging a post I wrote for Tangible Triumph. My gratitude journal is entitled “Attitude of Gratitude” and has this quote I wrote on the inside cover: “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie
I hope you all enjoy your Thanksgiving Day (tomorrow) with friends and family, being thankful and grateful for what you have!

Cheers!

Cynthia

Tangible Triumph

Written by Tangible Triumph’s Team Member: Cynthia
Founder & Owner of: Photobaugh
Writer of Living with fibromyalgia, things that inspire me to be a better person, and how I try to learn something new every day.

Thanksgiving is a time for expressing thanks and counting our blessings. Studies indicate that expressing gratitude leads to happiness, so being grateful can help make the world a happier place. Even if our lives are not perfect, we should all find something to be grateful for, no matter how big or small. And while we may not always have control over what happens to us, but we do have control over our attitude and how we respond to situations. So let’s have an attitude of gratitude not just this week, but year-round.

It matters not how strait the gate.

How charged with the punishment the scroll.

I am the master of my fate:

I am…

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Count Your Blessings

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For this week of giving thanks I would like to share this quote:

“If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more.  If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”

~ Oprah Winfrey

 

Reflect, and look at what you have. Stay positive. Be grateful. Count your blessings, rather than your burdens or shortfalls, and hopefully in that moment, it will all be enough.

Cheers!

Cynthia