8 things that people with fibromyalgia must stop doing

When I was diagnosed for the first time, I had the impression that amitriptyline would solve my sleep problems, which would relieve me of my fibromyalgia symptoms.

Prioritize Your Needs – If you have any kind of chronic debilitating condition, you need to prioritize your own needs. Even if you are the healthiest person on the planet, you should not leave your needs forgotten.

Stop spending time with the wrong people.  – If someone adds stress to your life, this stress makes you sick. Remove the stress by removing this person. You may not be able to eliminate them completely, but you can choose to avoid them when possible.

Stop trying to be there for everyone.  – The ability to say “No” is very weak. Too often, those of us who suffer from fibromyalgia are likely to be unable to say “no”, feeling guilty when we can not say “yes”. We can not be there for everyone.

Stop lying to yourself.  – You’re sick, admit it. You do not feel well. Someone else asks and you answer “I’m fine”, but that’s not the truth. This is not the truth when you say it to them and it is certainly not the truth when you say it to yourself.

Stop wasting time explaining to others.  – Most people do not care enough about you to care about your illness or why you can not do what you can not do. Just say “no” and move on. Do not try to explain why you can not do it because they probably are not listening anyway.

Stop living in the past. – Stop trying to re-reach the standards of living you had before your illness.

Stop scolding yourself for old mistakes.   Guilt and blame are our constant friends.Stop blaming yourself for things you have done in the past (or things you wish to do). It’s in the past, let it go and move on. Again, focus on what you can do in the future.

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