It's that time of year, Christmas is upon us, and this being the last weekend before the big day, stores were bound to be crowded, and yet you have to brave them to get things done. *Sigh*
The importance of rest days can not be understated. After going out last night, giving myself the gift of recovery the next day is crucial. Sitting in uncomfortable seats, walking more than usual- these are things that probably wouldn't wipe out a fully-abled person, but can and do wipe you out when you have a chronic illness like Fibromyalgia. The need for rest after doing even the most basic of chores or after a low-key night out is common, and therefore the need for rest and recovery frequent, and important to maintaining your health.
It’s that time of year, it's Holiday Season! Monday is the last night of Hanukkah, this entire month is prime Christmas party time, then there’s Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa and several other observances on the calendar, and lastly, there's New Years- there is a lot going on this month! Between family, friends, and work, your calendar can fill up quickly, and for people with chronic illness, that's not necessarily a good thing.
This Holiday Season I'd like to remind you to set boundaries. Don't feel like you have to go to every party- if you don't feel up to it you can stay home. Don't feel like you have to go to every friend or family event- especially if they aren't supportive, don't understand your illness, or challenge your mental health in any way. If you don't feel up to going to a work party- don't go. You have every right to turn down invitations, to change your mind about going to things you said you'd go to, and to do what it takes to protect your mental and physical well-being.
Practice releasing your guilt if it comes up. Consider this your official pass to do what is right for you. A lot of people have a hard time during the Holiday Season, and that's okay! Please be sure to make sure you're setting appropriate boundaries and taking care of yourself while you're celebrating (or not celebrating) this month. You're worth it!
Heather, Fabulous Fibro-Fighter and FSC Founder
Sensory overload is a common symptom of Fibromyalgia, and for me, sensory overload is worse than my chronic pain. I mean, being in pain all the time sucks, but frankly I think being completely overcome by your senses is worse, even if it doesn't happen to me as often. Hell, just being overwhelmed by one sensory system sucks let alone more than one at the same time!
Now most people with Fibromyalgia have multiple symptoms, and while I think there is a lot of discussion out there about how difficult it is to manage many symptoms, I don't think I've hard anyone say that they struggle with certain symptoms more than others, and I think it's time to add some nuance to the conversation- so I'd like to say that out of my many symptoms, I think I struggle with my chronic nausea and sensory overload the most- specifically when it comes to noise and smells.