How do we cope with Xmas?

by Michelle
(UK)

Xmas is a difficult time for us fibromyalgia sufferers. How are we meant to plan for the big day when we can't even remember what day of the week it is *cursing the fibrofog.


Here are a few tips that may help us at this time-
(a) Write a list of what presents need buying.
(b) Put together a list of what food's required. (Consider buying pre-prepared vegetables if possible, it'll save a lot of time and more importantly effort. Buy some bottles of the non alcoholic variety as well, not just for you but for anyone that's driving)
(c) Delegate jobs to the family (you know you can't do it on your own and no one expects you too)!
(d) Have the family help with as much food prep as possible on Xmas eve to have more fun time on the big day. Make it fun by singing Xmas carols!(or maybe not)
(e)Write out a timetable for whoever cooks the Xmas dinner (often
magazines/newspapers have a timetable to follow). That way no one will get stressed about what time to put the Brussels sprouts on.

Have the most fun you can have, but pace yourself. Have a nap after lunch if need be, you know you'll pay if you overdo it!

Most importantly, have a very happy Xmas and an even better New Year!

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Fibromyalgia
by: Anonymous

Fibromyalgia is very difficult at Christmas as there is so much to do. We have pain, tiredness,brain fog,so much to cope with.
We cope because we have to, it's not easy but you have to cope as you have family.
Every day is different, you never know how you are going to be.

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