Feeling Stuck? How to Start Anew or Start Again

November 11, 2013  |  Behavior Change, Getting Started  |  Share
Feeling Stuck? How to Start Anew or Start Again

My dearest Fibromyalgia Companions, I don't know if you've noticed (probably not because I don't think anyone's still tuning in), but I haven't posted in a while. The reason is not very good, really, but at the same time, it's kind of interesting. You ready for it? I've hit a dry spell. I've been uninspired. Feeling stuck. Wanting to write but having nothing to say. Not feeling like writing, period. Falling out of my routine. Not using my time wisely. Being afraid to start writing again. Not appreciating those of you who may actually miss getting a little email in your inbox that there's something new to read. So, right, a terrible reason or reasons, plural, since I just listed more than one and have about eleventy thousand more to go. So why is it interesting?

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Change: That Silly Little Thing I’m Doing Yet Again

February 20, 2013  |  Behavior Change  |  Share
Change: That Silly Little Thing I’m Doing Yet Again

There’s always an opportunity to learn, my friend, Kim, always says. Today, I’ve learned something about myself. I struggle with change. Ok, so I haven’t just learned this today, I mean, I’ve already devoted an entire post to change and how much of it I’ve done and the negative consequences of doing too much of it at once, I’m just reminded of it again today as I find myself on a new but familiar path, juggling flames again. (Some of us have to do things a few times to really get the lesson….)

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Routines: 6 Tips for Getting Back on Track After the Holidays

Routines: 6 Tips for Getting Back on Track After the Holidays

Happy New Year, faithful fibro readers! I hope you enjoyed the holiday season with more good time spent with friends and family than on stressing over friends and family...and the holiday season. Hope you ate well, and by "well" I mean guiltlessly scarfing down handfuls of anything not green or leafy. That one's easy. Did you keep up with your exercise routine? Me neither, at least not in it's usual form. But that's ok, now's the time to get back on track.

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Locus of Control: What You Believe About Pain Control Dictates How You Feel

December 14, 2012  |  Behavior Change, Exercise, Activity  |  Share
Locus of Control: What You Believe About Pain Control Dictates How You Feel

Locust of Control

Are you a control freak? If not, maybe you should be, at least over your pain. Turns out, your belief in your ability to control your own pain has a huge impact on your overall well being. The influence of this belief is so powerful, it can even be seen in your brain's activity in an MRI scanner. How cool is that?! But what if you don't feel like you have any control? You've seen every doctor on the planet and they all say you're crazy. You've done everything they've told you and nothing works. You've resigned yourself because no one can help you. What then?

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Have a Plan: How to Become More Active When You Have Fibromyalgia

November 18, 2012  |  Behavior Change, Exercise, Activity, Getting Started  |  Share
Have a Plan: How to Become More Active When You Have Fibromyalgia

I've often yammered about my love of, support for and belief in all things physical activity. The benefits, the reasons...the benefits. I even educated myself in physical activity, I love it that much. I've suggested a few ways to get or keep you motivated. I've also suggested a few types of activities you could try, like Tai Chi or more structured exercise and activities of daily living. Recently, following a great question from one of you fabulous, curious people with fibromyalgia, I thought it high time for a bit of a "how-to" for physical activity. The need for a plan. Enough of this talking around physical activity, how do you actually get it done?

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