Now that the Autumn season is here, so will return in full force many symptoms for CFS & Fibromyalgia patients. I love the fall season with the crisp air, beautiful colored trees and the excitement of the upcoming holidays to follow. But with the change in season and the decrease in daylight, symptoms tend to exasperate for me. Usually September through March are my worst months out of the year. This past week I have started to feel the shift in my body and brain and I know as the days shorten even more the worse I will feel.
Here are some ideas that I have found that have worked to help get through the fall and winter months a little easier:
– Try to exercise more, even if it is only five – 10 minutes a day. I know – this is something I struggle with too but every little bit helps.
– Get outside and in the sunlight for at least 45 minutes. With the days getting shorter, serotonin levels will decrease making us feel even worse. Make it a habit to get out every day.
– Find a hobby to help fill in some time and to take your mind off of feeling bad.
– Read uplifting books, magazines, etc. It’s so easy to fall into feeling sorry for yourself when you don’t feel good. Try to avoid falling into this behavior by reading uplifting materials.
– Rest when you need to. I know I need more rest during these months and it’s okay to give yourself permission to do that. Do whatever it is you need to do in order to feel human.