Self Care: Honoring Your Body

Self care is so important to help you live as well as possible with fibromyalgia. I have a theory on why fibromyalgia affects so many more women than men. I believe it’s because women tend to take care of everyone else before we take care of ourselves. In order to allow our bodies to heal, we must begin to honor our own bodies and take care of ourselves first.

In honor of Invisible Illness Awareness Week 2011, here’s my contribution to the “30 things” meme. As far as invisible illnesses, I actually live with a few. Things are mostly under control now, but back in 2008 I actually filed for Social Security Disability. To make things easy, this will be about my fibromyalgia…

When asked, “what do you do to feel better in a fibro flare?” I thought, “dress cute!” As my friend Marla says, “feeling beautiful is empowering.” When I look cute, I feel sassy and not as bad. I’ve invited my friend Marla McNichols, from Premier Designs Jewelry, to share how she uses jewelry to help boost women’s confidence and show us that “feeling beautiful is empowering!”

Saying no and asking for help are two great ways to honor your body when you have fibromyalgia. They’re two of the hardest lessons to learn; however, they’re the ones that will make the biggest difference in how you feel and how quickly you heal. Besides, if we don’t take care of ourselves first, we’ll have nothing left to give anyone else

These are some of the day-to-day tips that have made living life with fibromyalgia easier for me, things I wish I’d heard when I was first diagnosed.

When you have a friend that you love dearly and want to honor, you do it in a way that means something special to her. You make reservations at her favorite restaurant, which may not be your favorite restaurant. The same is true for your body. Do you actually know what makes your body happy? Finding that out is your first assignment.