Navigating Life with Fibromyalgia
**My ebook, Life Beyond Fibromyalgia: A Personal Guide for Moving Forward and Leaving Struggle Behind is available at Amazon.com
This book suggests 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.
Navigating life with fibromyalgia is often a very frustrating and exhausting experience. 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 (fight, flight, freeze). This ongoing state of hyperarousal creates a domino effect in other systems of your body and perpetuates fibromyalgia's primary symptoms of pain, fatigue, poor sleep, memory/ concentration problems, and more.
There are various simple calming practices that you can learn to use in your daily life that can help support both your comfort and your healing outcomes: Neuroscience research (over the last three decades) has shown that learning simple ways to PAUSE periodically to bring your attention to rest in the present moment, for even a few moments at a time, assists in calming the emotional centers of the brain and helps your body turn on the relaxation response (the body's rest and digest/ healing and repair state).These brief PRESENT MOMENT PAUSES help you CALM and REFOCUS and they also activate the areas of the brain that strengthen your mental/emotional resilience in challenging life situations. This is one aspect of your healthcare that only you can provide in your day-to-day life. This calming of the nervous system also helps provide support for 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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You can view two short 2018 video conversations between Elaine and Dr. Ginevra Liptan, director of the Frida Center for Fibromyalgia, at youtube.com/drliptan