Navigating Life with Fibromyalgia
**My ebook, Life Beyond Fibromyalgia: A Personal Guide for Moving Forward and Leaving Struggle Behind is now available at Amazon.com
This book offers six simple strategies and bite-sized action steps that help you feel more empowered and less burdened by a sense of struggle so you can focus on living better and well again. Applying simple tools that support your mind and heart/spirit are emphasized. This book is designed for both individuals and for fibromyalgia support groups.
Email me at the bottom of this page to receive a free chapter guide to the reflection exercises and action steps plus a list of additional resources.
Navigating life with fibromyalgia is all too often a very frustrating and exhausting experience. Over time this takes a toll on all aspects of your being...mind, body, and spirit. Fibromyalgia research has not yet identified the root cause of imbalances found in the autonomic nervous system, but we do know that a key malfunction is in the brain's stress alarm system.
This malfunction repeatedly triggers an overactive stress response (the fight, flight, freeze response). This 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 more.
Neuroscience research (over the past three decades) has shown that learning to PAUSE periodically and simply focus your attention on the present moment, for even a few moments at a time, is an empowering way to calm the emotional centers of the brain and help 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 your brain that help you bounce back more easily from difficult experiences. This is one part of your care that only you can provide in your day-to-day life. It has the capacity to contribute significantly to your healing outcomes as a supportive complement to your healthcare provider's medical treatment plan.
Elaine Merryfield, BS., mind/body wellness educator
specializing in both fibromyalgia and stress relief
To Contact Elaine: firstname.lastname@example.org
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View two video conversations with Dr. Ginevra Liptan at youtube.com/drliptan