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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!
by Yvonne Keeny

With the heat index expected to be over 100°F for the next few days in most of the United States, summer is definitely here! Last week I wrote about Temperature Sensitivity and how it affects those of us with fibromyalgia. This week let's talk about some things you can do to beat the heat.
As most people with fibromyalgia know, this illness is still not well understood by most of the medical community. It is known, though, there is a long list of symptoms that have been linked to fibromyalgia. One we don't hear much about is Temperature Sensitivity. Research has found that people with fibromyalgia who are exposed to hot weather report increases in…
Cannabidiol (aka CBD) is one of the many chemical compounds found in hemp. The oil is derived from extracting the cannabinoids from the hemp plant. Extractions are taken from flowers, leaves, and stalks of the plant. Recently, CBD oil is being touted as a treatment for fibromyalgia. While it won't cure the illness, CBD oil may bring relief to the symptoms of pain and discomfort. It is said that CBD oil works with your endocannabinoid system to bring relief to symptoms of various conditions. Because it reduces inflammation, it's a treatment option that reportedly not only can relieve pain; it has also been reported to reduce symptoms of insomnia and anxiety. Keep reading to find out more about CBD oil..