Fibromyalgia information and self-care tips for living a better life despite chronic illness.

Emotional Wellness

When you have fibromyalgia, taking care of your mental and emotional health is just as important as taking care of your physical health. Coping with chronic pain and fibromyalgia is already a long difficult road and our minds can often be our worst enemy. Taking care of your emotional health involves being attentive your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, whether positive or negative.

  • 10 Things Everyone Should Know About Depression 10 Things Everyone Should Know About Depression

    The word depression is subject to a lot of confusion. In this guest post, Beth Martel lists 10 of the many factors that one must be aware of regarding Clinical depression.

  • Change The Way You Think, Change Your Life Change The Way You Think, Change Your Life

    When I am asked what I do to manage the symptoms of fibromyalgia I usually list several things like; I changed my diet, I exercise, trigger point massage, the supplements I take, etc. But I have come to realize these are only the physical things I do. There is something much more important that has [...]

  • Judging Others - We All Do It Judging Others – We All Do It

    Judging others is something we all do. We tell ourselves we don't, but we do. It is a natural instinct. Judging itself isn't bad. We need to make judgments in many important decisions throughout our lives. We need to make judgments about ideas, situations and people to keep our families and us safe. We make [...]

  • Anxiety and Depression - When One Leads To Another Anxiety & Depression – When One Thing Leads To Another

    Anxiety and depression are two separate conditions. Each has their own causes and its own symptoms. Anxiety can make people feel agitated and overwhelmed. Depression can make them feel hopeless and discouraged. Often people who are having a difficult time with anxiety begin to feel depressed as a result of the way anxiety is affecting [...]

  • Anxiety Disorders and Fibromyalgia Anxiety Disorders & Fibromyalgia

    Anxiety and fibromyalgia seem to go hand in hand. Feelings of fear or anxiety are the normal reaction to stressful situations. Dealing with chronic pain is definitely a stressful situation. Research suggests that people with fibromyalgia and anxiety disorders are both hypersensitive to stimuli that wouldn't normally affect other people. The connection between anxiety and [...]

  • Toxic Relationships: 5 Ways To Deal With Toxic People Toxic Relationships: 5 Ways To Deal With Toxic People

    We have all had toxic relationships. They may have been with family, friends, partners, coworkers or a boss. Toxic relationships are dominated by hurtful and belittling comments, constant sarcasm and passive-aggressive behaviors. These unhealthy relationships drain your energy, bring unnecessary conflict and drama to your life, trigger feelings of low self-esteem and cause significant long-term [...]

  • Family Dysfunction & Chronic Illness Family Dysfunction & Chronic Illness

    Many people with an "invisible illness" don't feel support from their own family. That can be especially true for those of us with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome. How a family responds to chronic illness in large part is based on the strength and coping mechanisms of the family to begin with. The truth is, [...]

  • The Stigma of Chronic Illness The Stigma of Chronic Illness

    Stigma is a social process characterized by exclusion, rejection or blame. When you have a chronic illness the attitudes of others can have a profound impact on a person's self-worth. Because many chronic illnesses are "invisible" and often misunderstood, people often make assumptions that are hurtful. Stigma impacts people with many illnesses like cancer, hepatitis, [...]

  • Depression and Fibromyalgia Depression, Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain

    Depression commonly coexists in chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia. Depression increases the risk of developing chronic pain. Chronic pain increases the risk of being depressed. It's a vicious cycle - pain worsens symptoms of depression, and the depression worsens feelings of pain. Living with a chronic illness can cause tremendous life changes. Little by little [...]

  • Emotions Play A Critical Role in Fibromyalgia Emotions Play A Critical Role In Fibro Symptoms

    Emotions present another area of challenge in people with fibromyalgia. Living with pain and fatigue everyday can cause intense emotions. You may cry more frequently, get upset more easily or have more angry outbursts than before. Fibromyalgia or any chronic illness tends to make emotional reactions stronger and harder to control. It is perfectly normal. [...]