5 Lifestyle Tips for Fibromyalgia

How to Thrive with Fibromyalgia

There are plenty of small lifestyle changes you can make today that have a big impact on chronic pain and other fibromyalgia symptoms. Here, we show you 5 super easy fibromyalgia-friendly lifestyle tips that you can incorporate into your day to help you thrive with fibromyalgia.

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These lifestyle tips put you in charge of your fibromyalgia symptoms: They can even help you cope more effectively with widespread chronic pain and fatigue—2 of the most common fibromyalgia symptoms.

  1. Eat healthy, nutritious foods. We already know how important it is to get our fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, but with fibromyalgia, you really need to pay attention to what you're eating. In fact, some foods, such as caffeine and highly processed foods, can exacerbate fibromyalgia symptoms. For ideas on what to eat—and foods you should limit—with fibromyalgia, see our article on a healthy diet for fibromyalgia.
  2. Exercise more often. We understand: Exercise is the last thing on your mind when it comes to treating fibromyalgia. But exercising with fibromyalgia is one of the best ways to relieve fibromyalgia symptoms: It increases energy, releases endorphins (feel-good hormones), strengthens muscles, and promotes better sleeping habits. Try a combination of aerobic, strengthening, and flexibility exercises. And start off slow—there's no need to rush into exercise, especially if you haven't been physically active in a long time. Do what you can.
  3. Get a massage. Regular massage sessions can ease fibromyalgia-related pain, but massage is also effective at decreasing stiffness and swelling, increasing flexibility, and improving range of motion.
  4. Manage your stress effectively. Not being able to deal with your stress can make pain and other fibromyalgia symptoms seem a lot worse. Relaxation techniques, such as meditation and deep breathing, can really help to make you feel better with fibromyalgia. Try to establish some time each day to do activities you love to help relieve stress. For example, you could read a good book or take a warm bubble bath.
  5. Sleep more—and sleep better. If you find that restorative, quality sleep is hard to come by, you're not alone. Many people with fibromyalgia don't get enough sleep, and if they do, many of them don't feel well-rested. But getting quality sleep helps you feel your best and can also help reduce fibromyalgia-related pain. Try to sleep at least 8 hours each night. To help you sleep, do deep breathing and/or meditation exercises. Also, establish regular sleeping times: Go to bed and wake up the same time every day—even on the weekends. If you still have trouble sleeping, have a conversation with your doctor about what you can do to get better sleep.

These 5 fibromyalgia-friendly lifestyle tips are easy things you can do today to feel better. You can do these things. We believe in you—and we're here to help you live a full, healthy life with fibromyalgia.

Updated on: 11/18/15