Fibromyalgia in Summer:
By Donna Gregory Burch
Ah summer! For many people, it’s time for cool dips in the pool, burgers on the grill and long walks on the beach.
But for those of us with fibromyalgia, the summer heat and humidity can cause our symptoms to flare and worsen.
Since so many of us struggle during the summer months, I decided to reach out to some of my fellow fibromyalgia bloggers and ask for their best tips for managing the challenges that come with excessive heat and humidity. I hope you enjoy their responses.
Sarah Borien, A Life Less Physical
My top tip for surviving the summer with fibromyalgia is to take things slowly. It can be frustrating, especially when it feels like all your friends are at outdoor concerts or on daytrips filled with activities, but you’re more likely to make the most of the sunshine by taking your time and embracing the art of slow living.
The best thing you can do to survive summer is to maintain the practical approach to self-care that you apply all year round. Enjoy the sunshine, but don’t forget to look after yourself.
Casey Cromwell, Casey the College Celiac
During the busy season of summer, it’s especially important that you pace yourself. Summer is often when families are jumping from one fun activity to the next. However, you can still have an amazing summer while respecting your body’s limits. Go to the beach one day, and then arrange to see a movie in an air-conditioned movie theater on the next. Do more exercise than you’re used to by going on a family hike, but then spend the night relaxing by the bonfire, telling silly stories.
As a college student, it can be easy for me to hear about my friends’ insane summer adventures and feel like I’m being boring in comparison. However, I also know that dealing with a fibro flare-up from over-activity isn’t fun either…and that, by pacing myself, I’m enjoying ALL of summer as much as I can.