Navigating Life with Fibromyalgia
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Life Beyond Fibromyalgia guides you through six simple strategies and doable action steps that help develop a sense of empowerment as you navigate the journey of learning how to live a full and meaningful life with fibromyalgia. This book was designed for use in fibromyalgia support groups as well as by individuals.
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Navigating life with fibromyalgia is all too often a very frustrating and exhausting experience. If you are in the midst of a symptom flare-up, it can be a struggle to simply get through the day. Over time this adds to your exhaustion and takes a toll on all aspects of your being...mind, body, and spirit. Although fibromyalgia research has not yet identified the root cause of the imbalances found in the autonomic nervous system, we do know that a key malfunction is in the brain's stress alarm system.
This nervous system malfunction repeatedly triggers an overactive stress response (the fight, flight, freeze response). Experiencing an ongoing state of hyperarousal creates a domino effect in other systems of the body and perpetuates fibromyalgia's primary symptoms of pain, fatigue, poor sleep, memory/ concentration problems, and other symptoms.
Today's neuroscience research has shown that periodically PAUSING to simply focus your attention on the present moment, for a few moments at a time, aids in calming the emotional centers of your brain and helps the body turn on the relaxation response (the body's rest and digest state).These brief PAUSES to CALM and REFOCUS also activate the areas of the brain that expand your natural capacity for resilience. Learning to practice these simple tools supports your ability to bounce back more easily from difficult life challenges. It is the part of your care that only you can provide. This is an empowering and valuable self-care tool that can make a positive contribution to the outcomes of your health care provider's medical treatment plan.
Elaine Merryfield, BS., mind/body wellness educator
specializing in both fibromyalgia and stress relief
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