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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 | Pain Management - Session Five



After a two week break, we're onto session five of the Pain Management Programme (you can read all about session four here.) I actually really missed these sessions during the two weeks off, so I was looking forward to it.

We started with our wins from the two weeks, as I've mentioned before I love this bit! I had a win to share as well so I was pleased. A few weeks ago I went down to a local theatre group to enquire about it, and so hopefully I'll be starting when their membership begins again in September! I'd put it off for weeks but I was brave and I'm so pleased I did it and that I'll be joining so it was great to share this with the group. I never thought I'd actually enjoy group sessions but I think this is so much better for me. Group sessions might not be for everyone, but I'm pleased I gave it a go because it's worked out so well.

We then went through our goals, to see if we'd gotten any further forward. My goal was to become more social and to begin exercising again. I've made a step towards the social one with my win mentioned earlier, but I'm yet to start on the exercising. Obviously, with having chronic pain, I need to pace my exercising. In the past I've went too hard too fast because I used to be a really sporty person, but these pain management sessions have taught me how to pace, so I'll be looking into how I can slowly start bringing exercise back into my life. I'm going to miss hearing about how well everyone is doing with their goals and wins!

The second part of the session was all about happy thinking. I actually took a notebook with me, something I'd been meaning to do the from the beginning but I kept forgetting, which came in handy for this bit. It's easy to find yourself in a negative spiral when living with a chronic illness, even more when you're in the middle of a flare up (which I am right now, caused by negative thoughts so it's been a struggle!), so it's important to try and break the spiral. We all discussed our ways of being happy and bringing positive thoughts. Another reason the group sessions are great, you can get so much input from others that you may not have thought of before.

Finally, we went through sleep. I'm actually lucky because unless I'm going through a flare up, I can usually sleep okay. The only problem is, regardless of whether I've had 8 hours or 2 hours, I'm always tired. We learned quite a lot about sleep, so it turns out I never get the 'good' sleep where your body recovers, which adds to my chronic fatigue. Oh how I miss those days when I would wake up and actually feel refreshed. I have terrible sleep hygiene, I'm constantly on my phone but I've learned a few things from this session, so I'm going to do a post soon to share how I'll (hopefully) improve my sleep hygiene, which might bring just a little bit more 'refreshment' in the morning.

All in all, this was a great session, as they all are! I feel like we discussed the most important things that I need help with, so it's pretty good that this was the week I remembered to take my notebook! Next week is the final week and I'm absolutely gutted. I've really enjoyed these, and I've learned so much, but I'll miss the social side of it and the support you get. At least I know I'll be leaving these sessions knowing I have the tools to live a lot easier with Fibromyalgia.

Abbey xx

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  1. It’s been so interesting reading this post and learning more about your journey in these sessions.

    Faye Jessica | fayejessica.co.uk

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    1. Aw thank you! They've been really interesting sessions, not at all what I was expecting but so pleased I managed to go!

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