12 Tips to Reduce Stress and Fibromyalgia Symptoms

12 Simple Tips to Reduce Stress and Increase Fibromyalgia Relief

Reducing stress can help dramatically lessen symptoms of fibromyalgia.  These 12 tips are the same ones that help my fibromyalgia patients enjoy major improvements in their health and happiness:

  1. Get plenty of sleep. The less sleep you get, the more stress affects you.
  2. Eat a whole-food diet; eat at least 5-9 servings of fruit and vegetables everyday. Avoid processed foods.
  3. Practice deep breathing. This can help calm you down. Take slow deep breaths. Inhale to the count of four, hold to the count of one, and exhale to the count of 4. Try taking a few deep breathes and hold for a few seconds. Repeat 3-4 times you should feel more calm and relaxed.
  4. Try meditation on a regular basis. This can help you relax and handle stress. Mediation does not have to be complicated; its purpose is to allow your brain to focus on something calm. Allowing your brain a rest from everyday thoughts and worries. It can be as simple as focusing on a single word like calm. There are a variety of CDs, books, or classes that can help you get started.
  5. Practice Mind Body Exercises. Many people find Mind Body exercise a great way to combine meditation with exercise, Yoga, Tai Chi, Chi Gon, even weight lifting can all help calm the mind while moving the body.
  6. Journaling. Recording your thoughts, not only concerns and problems, but plans, goals, and dreams can help.
  7. Socialize. Spending time with friends and family can also reduce stress. It is important to have a good support system.
  8. Eliminate toxic people and negative relationships, which can cause a lot of stress and can flare your disease.
  9. Volunteer your time and talent to helping others.
  10. Practice time management. Do not overbook yourself. Learn to say no, make sure you have time to do activities and hobbies you enjoy.
  11. Spend time outside. Being out in nature is a good way to relax. It can help decease the production of stress hormones.
  12. Exercise, exercise helps to reduce stress and increase a sense of well being.

These tips may seem simple.  But don’t be fooled: they can help restore your health and well being despite fibromyalgia.  Living well with fibromyalgia means knowing how to keep stress under control in your life.  Feedback from my patients here at the Optimal Wellness Center in New Jersey give the best proof that nutrition and stress management are important in getting lasting relief from the fatigue and pain of this syndrome.