Fibromyalgia and Stress


By:  Aimee Reese

You will find many articles, forums, and blogs on Fibromyalgia and Stress out there.  We all deal with stress every day in our lives, but it is how we deal with it that will decide if we have a good day or a bad day.

Stress is the number one trigger for me to have a flare up.  The problem is that we have stress in our lives.  We have work stress, family stress and stress that we put on ourselves.

So many people come up to me and say I can’t believe how calm you are in your position at work.  You have probably one of the most stressful jobs in the company, but yet you stay calm.

Is it easy, no it is not easy to remain calm in stressful situations.  It takes more breathing, more concentration and more telling myself to remain calm and don’t get upset.

The hardest thing for anyone to learn is not to react right away to a situation.  Our instinct is to react instead of stop, take a breath, then work through the situation.  We go with our instinct instead of taking the time to decide the right way to approach a situation.

I have not always done this I used to react to a situation, but the only person that was hurting from this was me.  Why in the world would I get myself so worked up that the only person that suffered was myself?

The biggest thing when you feel that you may be heading to that stressful situation is to stop and decide what will be the outcome if I react instead of stopping and taking a breath.  You have to take it one step at a time and just deal with each situation as it comes up.

Don’t get yourself all worked up over things that are out of your control.  We tend to want to fix everything, and there are some things that just can’t be fixed so let those go.

Evaluate each and every instance before you react.  If you react right away, you could end up causing yourself, even more, work in the end or making the situation a bit more complicated.

By stopping and taking that breath, I keep myself on the green platform so on the positive instead of the red platform which is negative.  It is so easy to venture to the red platform when you are feeling stressed as you just want it to be fixed and gone but that is not always the case.

If you stay on the green platform, you can rationally look at the situation and make a much better decision on how to handle it so that the outcome benefits not only you but those around you.

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