My name is Amanda Elise Love and  I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia 10 years ago which influenced my decision to enter the field of nutrition and now I am a Registered Holistic Nutritionist who works with those who are suffering from fibromyalgia the natural way through supplements , food choices and lifestyle changes. My mission in life is to help as many people as possible with fibromyalgia !!  God has put this on my heart because I have personally experienced this malady and don’t want you to struggle anymore. 

I hope you are drinking your favorite drink (mine is Biglow’s Green tea) and all set to learn something new ! 

Today’s topic is “Ways to Survive The Holidays with Fibromyalgia” episode 33.  This is part of a series of  5 holiday episodes . This is the 2nd episode of the holiday series . 

Episode 32 – Was the first one and it was called “Building Up Your Immune System Before The Holidays. The link will be in the show notes.  https://bit.ly/2FM8ycS

Just so you know there is one new episode that comes out each Sunday. 

Here are the names of the holiday episodes coming out!

Episode 34 – 3rd episode in the holiday series – Why it’s important to practice Gratitude with Fibromyalgia 

Episode 35 – Simple Ideas to make traveling easier with Fibro

Episode 36 – Faith and Fibromyalgia 

If you rather listen https://bit.ly/2FM8ycS

So let’s get started with today’s topic of “Ways to Survive the Holidays with Fibromyalgia ’’.As you know living with fibromyalgia can be hard living a life at all. Let alone adding the holidays. 

But now the holidays are upon us. With that that comes to the extra shopping, cooking, entertaining, and travel.  

What this might mean for you is more pain, flare-ups, exhaustion, and fatigue. Along with other symptoms. 

So you are thinking to yourself. What can I do to not exert myself but also enjoy the holidays? 

Here is an idea for you!

  1. Get Organized 

You can do this in several ways 

Monthly Checklist 

Sticky Notes 

Planner

The first thing I recommend is having a monthly checklist of what you need to get done to enjoy the holidays.  I would pick your top 3 things for that day. If you get all 3 done that is great. If you get one done that is also great. I don’t want you to put pressure on yourself if you can’t get any of them done. Having a day to rest and binge-watch Hallmark/Lifetime Christmas movies is fine in my book. I will be doing that almost every night for the next 2 months. Give yourself permission to relax. You also can do something then take a break.  

I want you to be able to enjoy the holidays but also take care of yourself. So put relaxing on your monthly checklist.

Another idea for you is if you have brain fog as most with fibromyalgia do I suggest using sticky notes. You can put them in the places that you will see to remind you what you need to do. 

One last idea is that there are so many planners out to schedule out what you do! 

I have a Christian planner called Ibloom that gives a monthly calendar, monthly goals, gratitude list, relationships to invest in, what’s going well, what’s not going well and etc. 

Whatever you do (planner, sticky notes, monthly checklist, or something else ) remember is that it needs to fit with your life.

I also suggest starting right now with all the holiday prep and making your lists. This takes a lot of the stress off you which makes a big difference. 

If you rather listen https://bit.ly/2FM8ycS

So now let’s talk about the things that fill up our schedule. 

Let’s talk about shopping. 

One thing you might think about is doing your shopping early. If you leave shopping until the end it will bring on the flares, fatigue, nd getting sick.  

I believe the best way is to do online shopping. It gets delivered to your door that way you don’t have to go out in the crowds. Personally, or me, rather shop online than go out into the crowds to shop. 

But if you are the type that likes to go to the store. Then go on a weekday and if possible the mornings are the best. You might be thinking that is hard to do because you struggle with sleep. I do have a free sleep guide that can help you with that called “The Sleep Fix For Those with fibromyalgia ’’ on my website www.amandaeliselove.com.Which will also be included in the show notes.  I also recommend that you have a list when you go as the fibro fog might kick in.   

Decorate – in an efficient manner. Which means that you don’t have to do every place in the house. Just choose the places that your family spends the most time in. Or have them help you decorate especially if you are the one who hosts the holidays. 

Have someone else cook a holiday meal. This can be a family member or your whole family. You might also want to have a store for the meal for you. Think about it this way the cost of the food and then the time it takes to prepare it. It might be worth it in the end for you to enjoy the holidays. 

If you are going to drink – do it in moderation and not on an empty stomach. If you do make sure to eat something and drink a lot of water, preferable with  some electrolytes or some potassium

Be selective with who you see. 

If you go to multiple houses for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Choose the most important one ace them out. Call those who you can’t make it to. Send them your regards. Plan something with them after the holidays. Don’t feel guilty for not going to every event as your health comes first!

Last tip: Talk to your family and friends about your fibro.

I want you to be honest with them about your health issues. Tell them what your symptoms are and that flare-ups are unbearable. They might not understand and think you are using it as an excuse. Maybe they think it is not as bad as you say. They might not change their understanding of Fibromyalgia but at least you tried. 

I hope these tips help you during the holidays. That you enjoy your family and friends, church gatherings you will be attending the people you will be seeing and helping the delicious foods, and beautiful decorations. Watch some heartwarming holiday movies. Think about what you have to be grateful for in your life during this holiday season and soak it in as much as possible.

 If you want more individualized attention during this holiday season.  Then why wait until the new year to see if a holistic nutritionist can improve your Fibromyalgia go to www.amandaeliselove.com where you can schedule a complimentary 45-minute call to explore your options. During this call, we will discuss your fibromyalgia journey, what your needs and challenges are and we will also talk about your next step. Thank you for tuning in today and join me next time as I talk about “Why it’s important to practice Gratitude with Fibromyalgia”.

 

Here is the link to everything.

If you read this and now want to listen to this episode https://bit.ly/34rT33g

Episode 32 – “Building Up Your Immune System Before The Holidays ” –https://bit.ly/2FM8ycShttps://bit.ly/2FM8ycS

The sleep fix for those with fibromyalgia – 
http://bit.ly/2uzmFfq

Free 45 minute Discovery Call so we can more easily chat about everything that’s going on with your health,  what is missing in terms of the solutions and how I can best support you in your goals. Don’t go another month dealing with your fibro symptoms without my help! http://bit.ly/2O0OnIS

If that sounds confusing you can email me at amandaeliselove@gmail.com.

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