Archive for Coping

A Simple Way to Increase Your Functioning and Reduce Stress with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia

Even though this article is part of a series on how to use a smartphone to improve your health and life, you don’t actually need a smartphone to benefit from it. While a smartphone makes the strategy you’ll learn in this article more convenient, a pen and paper are enough to make it work! Have Read more [...]

“You’re Safe”, “You’re Strong”, “You’re Loved”: Laurie Hope on Visualizing Wellness in ME/CFS/FM

( A licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Laurie Hope uses psychology, comparative religion, Buddhist meditation, and qigong to  to help people with chronic illnesses harness their inner resources to improve  their physical, emotional and mental well-being.  She is  also the author of a book, Read more [...]

Giving Thanks (While Having Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia) at Thanksgiving: the Gratitude Game

Happy Thanksgiving! Deep down your  mind might grumble with something like "Right! A Happy Thanksgiving ...in this body? Happy Thanksgivings are for healthy people?", "Forget the happy, I hope I just make it through it" or something similar. One thing I've learned is that my 'mind', that critical, Read more [...]

Surviving the Holidays with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. How Do You Do It?

The holidays are a special time of the year when family connections are renewed, but they can be stressful even for healthy people. In my experience, the holidays present two major stumbling blocks for people chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. The Intense Activity - balancing your desire Read more [...]

Conversations for Coping: Prayer, Peace and Dealing with Upsets in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

After all the doctors and all the treatments, 'coping' is what many of us are left with. The drugs may help, the diet may help, the supplements may help, but the core of the disorder with its considerable physical, emotional and mental impact  remains, and few of us are probably ready to deal with Read more [...]