Long day Coping Mechanisms

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   Posted 1/19/2010 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I have some long days coming up in the next three months.

What are some of your best coping mechanisms for when you do need to keep going?
Fibromyalgia DX 2005. Ulcerative Colitis, arthritis, TMJ. Family History of Fibro--2 out of 3 siblings diagnosed.

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   Posted 1/19/2010 2:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, let's see.  My biggest is actually what I have in my signature.  I keep telling myself that "This is no social crisis, just another tricky day".  I also have to fake it a lot because you don't want people to see you in pain and stressed out so, and here's another affirmation if you will, "Its just a game that you play".  This first is from the band The Who and the second is from an Al Stewart song, Time passages.  I live by music.  But any sayings that will re-affirm that you have the strength to get through anything.  Afterall, if you can get out of bed day after day when you have Fibro, then you can deal with anything.  Good luck.

This is no Social Crisis... Just another Tricky Day (The Who)

FMS, IC, IBS (working on full alphabet) Asthma, Bipolar and now Migraines.  Let's see what else we can throw into my bag of tricks.

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   Posted 1/19/2010 3:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I find it can help to slip off by myself when I can (e.g. when other people are having morning and afternoon tea and lunch) and do some deep breathing and relaxation exercises. Often there's a spare room somewhere, and if I explain that I am struggling with low stamina & health issues and just need a little time out to get through the whole day, people are usually pretty understanding.

Even being away from the constant chatter can help recharge the mental batteries.
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   Posted 1/19/2010 6:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I also like to have some alone time away from everything. I spend a few minutes stretching every few hours, actually, I do some yoga too.

I eat small meals/snacks every two to three hours with a balance of protein, fat, and high fiber carbs.

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   Posted 1/19/2010 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   

I allow myself 20 minutes a day to feel sorry for myself. When I am in pain, I ask myself," is it that bad that you need those 20 minutes?"
"Think about it because after 20 minutes you have to move on and get over it". I havent use my 20 minutes in a while.
28 years old
Fibro Symptoms started 2007
Diagnosed on Dec 24, 2009
Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Insomnia, 
Depression Degenerative disc disease, TMJ, GARD
Lyrica: 150 mg
Trazadone: 100 mg
Tyleno Arthritis: 2600 mg

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