Stress Management in Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome #blogboost

By , About.com Guide   October 22, 2011

Life is stressful, and that goes for everyone, healthy or not. When you have a chronic illness like fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome, it can be a whole lot more stressful.

Losing your health is stressful and frightening all by itself. Sometimes illness can mean fighting to keep your job, cutting your hours, getting fired or quitting. That can lead to financial problems, as can the cost of treatment.

Then there’s dealing with doctors’ offices and insurance companies. That’s never fun.

And then there’s the toll on your relationships. Chronic illness is hard on everyone around you, and it can do a lot of damage – all of which leads to more stress.

Meanwhile, our bodies can’t deal with stress at all. It sends our symptoms through the roof, which means it also exacerbates the very situations which cause us stress.

So what can we do to end this cycle? We have to eliminate stress what stress we can, and manage what stress we can’t eliminate. That’s easier said than done, but it is possible.

To help you with this, I’ve gone to an expert. My About.com colleague, Stress Management Guide Elizabeth Scott, has been helping people with stress for years and has a wealth of resources available on her site. I’ve compiled the ones I think will be most useful to you here:

What kinds of stress are you dealing with? What impact is it having? Have you found ways to manage stress and improve your health? Leave your comments below!

About Michelle Arbore

I am 36 years old, married for 8 years and have an almost 3 year old, Michael Richard. We also have two cats (Anibel & Mama). I own my own social media management and coaching business that allows me to work from home. I like to read, listen to music, take photos, learn new things, shop, watch TV and spend time with family and friends. I also suffer from Fibromyalgia. I have suffered from this disease for over 15 years now. I started my blog so I could have a place to vent about what I am feeling. It has turned into a place where I post information about this disease, talk about books that I am reading about Fibro, and getting to meet other people who suffer from this.
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5 Responses to Stress Management in Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome #blogboost

  1. William says:

    Stress is one of the major problem around the world. It created different kind of social and family problems. Stress is a common problem for the people who are unemployed. This lead them towards drugs which lead towards more problem.

  2. Dawn says:

    Wow! Stress, I have had more of my share in the past two years. In the midst of it all, I was diagnoised with fibromyalgia. My 16 year ago daughter, whom I loee very much, has had many problems with school amd mental health behaviors. I, being a single parent dealt with these, and was her strongest advocate thru out this all. I have paperwork probably almost a foot high of lettes, hearings, courts, e-mails, etc. for her. She doesn’t live with me now, it got to that point. My stress level has decreased since. I have noticed before during all of this I had bad stomach issues with the fibro, they have seemed to decreased alot. When I do get oeverwhelmed with stress, I notice my body starts to react. One thing I found that helps, is to close my eyes and try and tune out whatever is going on even if its for a brief few minutes. It does help! And I pray! I also have me time at night after 8:00 p.m., it gives me a calming down routine so as I can relax for the night.

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  5. Gary says:

    Interesting article. I’m going to share your blog with a friend with fibromyalgia.

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