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Eliminate odors or fragrances. Beware of the invisible trigger lingering in the air. Odors and fragrances have been known to irritate fibro sufferers. I’ve found it especially beneficial by simply changing my laundry detergent to be fragrance-free. Several years ago I stopped wearing perfumes and scented-lotions. Why? Because it causes headaches and increases my allergies. The difference is amazing.

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Drink tea. Once a day or at the sign of allergy-symptoms, I will take a moment to enjoy a cup of tea. Caffeine-free is usually best but do whatever works for you. I have found chamomile and peppermint tea to be especially helpful.

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Take supplements. Our immune system goes on a roller coaster. Supplementing vitamins and nutrients will help your body to build a better wall of defense. Again, find what works for you or get some recommendations from your doctor. I also suffer from endometriosis, so I take vitamin E, echinacea, and acidophilus. A lot of people with fibro may benefit from taking B-complex vitamins to calm the overstimulated nerves.

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Attempt exercise and yoga. It’s a known fact that fibromyalgia sufferers have a lot of muscle stiffness and tenderness. Did you know that exercise can actually help relieve that? If you haven’t been working out, I’d suggest doing a couple laps around your neighborhood. Nothing more than a mile, and work your way up each week. Try some basic yoga moves to stretch out those sore body parts. Start with five minutes and work your way up.

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Be calm and meditate. Stressors throughout the day can take a toll on your body. Meditation is extremely helpful in clearing your mind and hitting the “refresh button” on your overstimulated brain. If you have a hard time sitting up on your own, you can prop your back against a wall or piece of furniture. Inhale slowly through your nose to a count of three, and exhale through your mouth. Then repeat.

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Change your diet. Again, there are a lot of unknown triggers in food. Often times you can cut out certain foods from your diet in order to decrease frustrating symptoms. Consider cutting gluten, soy, and dairy from your diet. But remember, this is a science experiment, and you’ll need a couple weeks to determine what works and what doesn’t.

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Decrease or eliminate tobacco and alcohol. Bummer, I know. The honest truth is that your body will feel much better by eliminating or reducing extra unnecessary toxins.
Keep it dark and quiet. I am thankful for my job for many reasons, but one of them is that I work from home. Every day I sit in a dark room with dim lighting and a comfortable chair. It helps me to stay well and reduce flares.

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It’s not good to sleep on the couch. Go to your bed.

Get sleep. Easier said than done, right? Let’s keep this basic, though. Try getting your body into a routine of waking up and going to bed at a reasonable time. Take naps as much as you can. Listen to your body – you will know if your body needs more rest.
Taking care of YOU is not only important for your health, but for your loved ones too. You will be a better version of yourself if you make some positive and healthy changes!

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