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Fibromyalgia : Maintaining Balance

Moderation.

Oops, sorry to mention that bad word. 🙂

Self-control is the key. It’s a hard thing for all of us, sick or not.

I’m preaching to myself here. I have always been a type A person. On the go.go.go.go all the time. Now that I deal with pain, I still struggle. When I have a good day I want to do all kinds of activities. Try to make up for what I haven’t done the other days.

My mind still does all this  planning and thinking; forgetting that I am not able to do it. Thankfully, my husband will gently remind me that I am not able. I am slowly learning, to heed his advice and use moderation in what I do.

We are now getting into the nitty gritty of finding a new life.

This is the tough part and I hope I can gently encourage you to find ways to manage your life into a new rewarding life, in spite of the pain. 

Creating a realistic daily schedule.

Getting on a schedule will help you keep balance in your life. It will help you avoid those big highs and lows and help you find the rewarding life we all desire.

Finally, For the Caregivers

You are not exempt from this. If you want to reduce your stress levels, a good daily schedule is a good place to start. It will also be an encouragement to your loved one to do the same. I recently read an interview with TV host, Julie Chen.

Chen’s determination for a healthy lifestyle is a daily commitment, and it starts every day at precisely 5:30 a.m.

“There is something to be said to having a set schedule, which I finally learned at the stage in my life, and I’m now 45. I like it, even on Saturdays and Sundays I wake up and stick to my schedule because otherwise you look at Monday morning like it’s death,” Chen says.

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I always feel so much better; I love seeing the sunrise, and I love having that quiet time,” Chen shares. “By the time my husband and my son are awake, I’m happy as a clam, because I got my workout in. I got my quiet time in and I’m ready to be there for them.”

I’m not saying you have to get up at 5:30am. Trust me, I don’t rise anywhere near that time of day. Not since milking cows on the family farm in my teens. 🙂

But finding the time that works for you is the first step.

So here’s your assignment.

Start thinking about you daily activities.

What is important to you?

What should stay? What should Go?

What needs to be added?

Take this quiz to help…

Maintaining Balance Quiz

Find a schedule worksheet. Check out a free downloadable one from Morning Motivated Mom. {downloadable worksheet}

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0 thoughts on “Fibromyalgia : Maintaining Balance

  1. Good to meet you today and explore a bit of your blog. Thanks for also visiting Henibean too… it seems that we are heading in a similar direction…my aim like you is to help others learn to live amid challenges and maintain health sanity creativity and balance! It appears that today I am coming across others with similar missions and it’s great!
    Hope that our paths cross again soon
    x

  2. Not being able to do all of the things I used to (all of the things I’d still like to) is one of the hardest things to come to terms with…and often one of the most frustrating. I am slowly learning that I need to listen to my brains slow-down messages, rather than it’s huge list of things I should be doing. There are days (because… life) when I push myself to get things done…as Mum to a disabled child they are usually must-dos, but Oh boy do I pay for it later…often a few days later, like delayed reaction.

    Your right about planning/scheduling…and about squashing the go-go-go urges. It’s so easy to overdo things on the better days. Thanks for sharing.

    1. It’s so hard to throttle back. I was blest that my youngest has been a blessing and so helpful. Can’t imagine the challenge of adding a special needs child in there. May God bless you and direct you as you manage your life.

  3. It’s a funny thing to be reading this article today because last night my husband and I had a discussion about me spreading myself too thin with obligations. I love the summer time because my kids have no school and I get more time with them. However, I’m not spending quality time with them because I’m constantly thinking about work obligations. My husband says I’m trying to save the world in too big of chunks. After me talking to him last night and him giving me thoughtful, and helpful, feedback, I decided to scale back my work load during the summers. I don’t want to have that stress causing flares and not enjoying the summer the way I want to with my kids.

  4. So proud of you, Brandi. It’s so difficult to pull back and do less..whether you are pushed by your own desires or the expectations of others.
    Family should be you top priority just under God himself.
    You go girl! Or should I say You Slow, girl. 🙂

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