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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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