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What can you do for stress relief if you have fibromyalgia?

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Worry, anxiety, and feeling overwhelmed will drain your energy, too. Try to adopt a more go-with-the-flow approach to life rather than a "crisis" approach. Set priorities, and remember it's OK to say "no" so you can focus on what's important.

With guided imagery, you replace negative or stressful feelings with pleasant images. Once you learn how, you can do it on your own. Mindfulness meditation teaches you to focus your thoughts in a positive way. The more you practice it, the more pain relief it can bring. Other helpful approaches include cognitive behavioral therapy and biofeedback.

Mind-body practices like tai chi, qi gong, and yoga may ease many fibromyalgia issues, from sleep problems and fatigue to mood. Because they include movement, they work the way exercise does, with the bonus of stress relief from focused breathing.

From: Living Well With Fibromyalgia WebMD Medical Reference

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Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 23, 2017

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PLoS One: "The Prevalence and Characteristics of Fibromyalgia in the 2012 National Health Interview Survey."

CFIDS & Fibromyalgia Self-Help: "Relationships: Stresses and Strategies."

UpToDate: "Treatment of fibromyalgia in adults not responsive to initial therapies."

American Family Physician: " Common Questions About the Diagnosis and Management of Fibromyalgia."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Questions and Answers about Fibromyalgia."

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: "What Is a Physiatrist?"

Acupuncture in Medicine : "Acupuncture for fibromyalgia in primary care: a randomised controlled trial." 

Mayo Clinic: "Fibromyalgia: Treatment."

CDC: "Fibromyalgia Fact Sheet," "Are you getting enough sleep?"

Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: "Swimming Improves Pain and Functional Capacity of Patients With Fibromyalgia: A Randomized Controlled Trial." 

Rheumatology International: "Is balance exercise training as effective as aerobic exercise training in fibromyalgia syndrome?"

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews : "Resistance training for fibromyalgia."

PeerJ : "Exergames for women with fibromyalgia: a randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effects on mobility skills, balance and fear of falling."

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: "6 Things To Know About Mind and Body Practices for Fibromyalgia," "Fibromyalgia: In Depth."

National Fibromyalgia Association: "Treatment."

Current Pain and Headache Reports: "Cognitive Impairment in Fibromyalgia."

Nutrients: "Vitamin D in Fibromyalgia: A Causative or Confounding Biological Interplay?"

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Journal of Pain : "Daily caffeine consumption is associated with fibromyalgia pain."

National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association: "Fibromyalgia Impact on Relationships."

Pain : "Couple Perceptions of Fibromyalgia Symptoms: The Role of Communication."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 23, 2017

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