2. Do Not Let Pain Stress You Out
Stress is one of the speculated causes of fibromyalgia. Persistent stress can mess up the hormones regulating pain, sleep and mood. Moreover, the chronic illness does not make it any easier with the haunting symptoms of aches and fatigue putting more stress on the patient. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America estimates that 20% of fibromyalgia patients also suffer from anxiety and depression. Learning to cope with the stress and emotional problems of fibromyalgia is as important, if not more important, as coping with the physical pain. Studies have found that anxiety caused by the anticipation of pain is more detrimental than the pain itself. Learn to keep yourself relaxed and stress-free. Try adopting stress coping skills such as breathing exercises, laughter therapy, yoga, aromatherapy, and meditation.
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