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Preparing for a Hen Do with Fibromyalgia

I'm not going to lie, I've got an insanely busy few months coming up. As someone who is used to spending a lot of time alone, this is genuinely so different to my normal life, but I'm so happy about it! I did a quick post earlier this year going over some of the things I've got going on this year, so I thought I'd share some posts about how I'm preparing for these with regards to my fibro.
First up I've got two hen do weekends for two amazing bride to be's this year. I am so excited and crazily happy that I've been asked to attend. I've got one in Benidorm and one in Leeds, and they're both going to be jam packed with activities to make it an unreal time. But with this comes a lot of preparation on my end, to make sure I know I can have a fantastic weekend without a dreaded fibro flare. Whilst I'm fully expecting to need a bit of recovery after, I'd like to try and make it through both weekends without a flare up.
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The Fibro Diaries | Holidaying with Fibromyalgia

Who doesn't love a holiday? Nothing beats that feeling when you put your out of office on at work and leave to not return for a week or two! I very rarely go on holiday if I'm honest, and with the effects of my fibro, I feel like it would be so much more beneficial if I took some time away every once and a while. 

The past two holidays I've had have been to Disneyland; not exactly the most relaxing and it involved a lot of walking! My next holiday to Germany will probably be rather similar, but with no screaming children hopefully!

Some photos from my last few holidays. I've been abroad four times over the past eight years, and two of them were school trips! So it's mad to think that I have a holiday booked for this month, a hen do to Benidorm booked for April next year and I'll be booking for Florida soon too - I don't know how well my body is going to handle it but hey ho, I'm still young and I'm dying to get back into holidaying again.

One of the things that I notice really sets off my fibro is stress. I really struggle with stress - I mean, everyone does really, that's what stress is, but it gets to the point for me where I'd rather just stay in bed and hide from the world. It also makes my pain so much worse and I struggle sleeping even more. This is why I love holidays, although there's a little bit of unfamiliar country stress, knowing you can just chill out and you don't have to think about work is such a relief.

The biggest stress I have when it comes to going on holiday is the airport. I genuinely don't mind flying, but I really stress about being late, missing the flight, the security section (even though I know I'm not taking anything bad with me!) and stuff like that, so the second I'm sat in my seat on the plane I can relax a bit! Luckily this level of stress is pretty minor so it's yet to effect my fibro! Imagine that, full on flare up on holiday all because I stress over missing a flight!

It's really difficult deciding what to do on holidays for me now. I wish I could go back to the days where I could do whatever I wanted without worrying about what I'm going to feel like the next day. I must admit, beach holidays aren't usually my type. I like to explore new places but with the way my body is now, that's sometimes not possible. Or it is, but I then need a holiday after to recover from the first one! I make sure I have a day after a holiday to sit and do nothing to hopefully get my body up and running again.

My past few holidays have been to Disneyland Paris, so not relaxing at all! I was constantly on my feet, but the adrenaline of being in Disneyland seemed to keep me going, so it wasn't until I got home that the toll that took on my body hit me. I'm still slightly in denial about fibromyalgia, so rather than tailor my holidays around my fibro, I do still just do what I want and deal with the consequences later. I have a feeling though, if my fibro gets any worse, I'll have to really take it into consideration when booking holidays (I say this, but I'm about to book two weeks in Florida...)

My dream holiday is to hire out a beautiful cottage somewhere in the country in the winter, open fire, hot chocolate coming out my ears, a suitcase full of baggy jumpers, blankets and scarves and a pile of books. It's fair to say I completely romanticise the autumn/winter seasons, but I don't even care! Last year I was so tempted to just book a night in a cute B&B on my own to just chill with a good book, but my nerves got the better of me. 

I'm going on holiday soon to Germany - my favourite place for holidays - and I'm so excited! Again, I have an extra day off when I come back to simply do nothing as there'll be a lot of sightseeing. I think I'll have a few posts up about the lead up to my holiday, and about the holiday itself, and how I've prepped myself for dealing with fibro while I'm there.

Do you have any hints or tips for holidaying with a chronic condition? I'm still getting my head around fibromyalgia if I'm honest so always on the look out for things that will make holidaying easier!

Abbey xx


  1. I totally relate with your airport stress. I now organise wheelchair assistance for airports, it takes much of the stress out of the equation and they park you in a quiet waiting room so that helps with my sensory issues.

    So many things we have to think about!

    1. Ah that sounds great! I'm going to Florida next year, I feel like I'll need to do some more intense preparation for the airport stress! x


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