Survive Holiday Shopping With Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

By , About.com Guide   November 18, 2011

Holiday Blog Classic: The Horrors of Shopping

For those of us with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, buying gifts for everyone on our lists can be a nightmare scenario.

  • Crowded, noisy places can send us into anxiety attacks.
  • All the chaos is likely to make brain fog kick in to overdrive.
  • Having to walk through several stores then stand in long lines to pay is probably more physical exertion than most of us can handle.

Holiday shopping is a little frightening and overwhelming to me. I only survive it by making lists, planning carefully, dragging my husband along most of the time, and using a cane or wheelchair when I need to (in spite of how strange it may feel). And early morning on Black Friday? Forget it! I’ll be home in bed.

As you think about those dreaded shopping trips this year, it can help to have ways to take the dread out of the deed! Read this:

What helps you get through holiday shopping, or the season itself, without crashing? Do you have a strategy or do you just wing it and hope for the best? Have you had any shopping nightmares, or any funny foggy moments? 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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2 Responses to Survive Holiday Shopping With Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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  2. sharlene says:

    Wow what an interesting post! This really helps shed light on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome for people like myself who otherwise don’t know much about it. I never knew this about fibromyalgia. thanks

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