With Valentine's Day right around the corner, the media has started touting the health benefits of chocolate. According to the ads, chocolate is "good for you," "heart-healthy," and able to "sharpen seniors' brains." But does this treat live up to its hype?
The answer is yes—and no.
While we make New Year's resolutions with the best of intentions, most people have given up by the end of January. Resolutions are hard for anyone to keep, especially those of us with fibromyalgia because they require consistent, daily lifestyle changes.
Let's look at some post-holiday strategies and tips.
We hope this finds you enjoying the holidays. Our wish is that you remember to take time for yourself. Take a nice walk and appreciate the beauty of the season. Promise yourself that you will schedule some quality time to do some things you enjoy!
Welcome to December, a month of holy days and celebration. This month is also a grand finale as we finish the year and this decade, which makes self-care essential. The holidays are often a hectic time with shopping, traveling, gaining that holiday 10 pounds, and often for those with fibromyalgia, getting the holiday blues. Being exhausted increases your stress, which can become a vicious cycle.
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it's a good time to reflect on gratitude. Gratitude means acknowledging everything that you receive and noticing simple pleasures. Gratitude shifts your focus from what you lack to what you have. Behavioral and psychological research has shown surprising life improvements that can stem from the practice of gratitude. Giving thanks makes people happier and more resilient, it strengthens relationships, it reduces stress, and it improves health.
Winter is on the way, and the weatherman is predicting a "cold blast" in much of the U.S. for the next few days. Brrrr!
Fibromyalgia is such a strange illness. Some of us have problems with heat, others cannot tolerate cold, and many of us have issues with any temperature extreme!
When you have fibromyalgia, it can help to think outside the box. Several natural and non-drug remedies have been shown to help relieve fibromyalgia symptoms. Of course, there is no one remedy that works for everyone. Read on to find out more about these natural remedies. ...
When you were diagnosed, your fibromyalgia doctor probably told you to exercise and maybe even gave you a brochure. But you may have left thinking, "How in the world am I going to exercise? I can barely do what I have to do!"
In this article, we look at which forms of exercise are most effective and how most people with fibromyalgia CAN do them.
The body-wide pain and tenderness associated with fibromyalgia is frustrating and confusing for many conventional doctors as well as patients. Combined with other troublesome symptoms like fatigue, depression, and anxiety, it's critical that sufferers find relief. Complementary therapies have become popular among fibromyalgia patients seeking more effective and natural approaches to reduce their pain, fatigue and other symptoms.
I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia over 20 years ago. In my efforts to get my life back, I learned the power of self-care. I have not met the diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia since 1997, so it's safe to say I'm a health nut! I led a Fibromyalgia support group for 18 years. I also founded the FCI in 2000 and have run it ever since. As a Blogger, I am excited to educate and inspire others to work toward wellness!