Sleep has always been a challenge of mine. It is difficult for me to fall asleep and stay asleep. Moreover, I’m a light sleeper which does not help. In the morning, I am irritated, fatigued and in pain, my fibromyalgia symptoms get worst. I find myself going in the same circle every night, forcing myself to fall asleep with no success. I would count from 1 to 10 and backward while listening to the clock ticking. All this did was just making me frustrated and making sleeping even more impossible.
Something has to change, right?
After years of struggling with insomnia, I was desperate to find a solution to my night problem. I listened to calming bedtime music, going to bed earlier and other sorts of method to help me sleep. Eventually, I developed a bedtime routine…
My life before the depression
I am a wife and a mother to three beautiful energetic kids, ages 10,7, and 4. My family is my world. I love reading, cooking, and baking, cleaning up, listening to calming music and love spending time with my family. My kids love swimming classes and outdoor activities. I was taking pre-requisite courses at a community college to get into nursing school. Life was good. I am the person my friends would call for advice or when they need someone to talk to or a shoulder to cry on. Depression was not in my everyday language.
Then came the sickness, what?
My illness was sudden…
What is self-esteem? self-worth
Self-esteem is how you feel about or value yourself. It’s the overall opinion you have of yourself. This is how you judge yourself worth as a person. Some people have negative feelings about themselves, they don’t value their ideas. Their self worth depend on what others think of them or how people treat them. Over time, they become people-pleasers in the hope of validation. How can you improve your self-esteem?
How do we develop self-esteem?
It starts early in life. It’s the believes you developed about yourself from messages you received from others, if you received positive feedback from personal relationships such as parents, siblings, peers, and teachers, you will more likely see yourself as worthwhile. If you received negative feedback and are repeatedly criticized by others, you will struggle with low self-esteem…
Do you have a chronic illness?
A chronic illness is a long-lasting health condition that may not have a cure. It can affect all aspects of an individual’s life. Moreover, it encompasses both mental and physical illnesses. For instance, depression, diabetes, are categorized as chronic illnesses. It’s no news that chronic illness frustrates you, your family and friends. This physical and emotional stress can affect the quality of your personal relationships. Do you have a chronic illness?
Chronic pain and fatigue can cause decreased physical activity. Lack of regular physical activity can lead to weight gain, low energy, muscle tension, and pain increase. Learn how to incorporate exercise in your daily routine.
Would exercise increase my pain?
Due to our daily pain and struggles, it is easy to assume that physical activity may make our pain worse. However, regular physical activity increases some of our body’s chemicals production, endorphins, and enkephalin. These are natural painkillers that decrease pain symptoms. Physical activity does more than reduce pain. It makes muscles and bones stronger, reduces stress, lowers blood pressure …
Pacing is key to managing fibromyalgia symptoms. we all have such a busy life that it seems impossible to do. How to pace yourself with fibromyalgia.
Why is pacing so important?
Fibromyalgia usually goes hand-in-hand with severe fatigue and sleepless nights. Together, this two leave you drained and exhausted. So it is understandable to wanna get everything on your to-do list is done on good days. But then you pay for it with three days of pain and discomfort on the couch. You regret it and become even more frustrated with yourself. The key to less pain and more productive days is pace.