How to get moving with fibromyalgia – Mental Health Awareness Week 2024

The theme for Mental Health Awareness Week this year is Moving for our mental health. As extreme tiredness (fatigue) and pain are two of the main symptoms of fibromyalgia, many of us struggle with physical activity.  

But it’s still important for us to get some movement in, as a lack of any physical activity can cause our muscles and joints to stiffen, and worsen some of our other symptoms as well.

Even doing 5 min bursts of movement can: 

  • Lift your mood
  • Improve your memory and brain function
  • Reduce stress
  • And help with anxiety and depression
  • Improve your muscle and bone health

Here are some of my tips for getting moving with fibromyalgia. Remember that there isn’t a one size fits all answer. It’s important to find what works for you. Please check with your doctor if you have any concerns.

Full video below.

00:00:00:00 - 00:00:20:09
Unknown
Hello, everyone. it is mental health awareness week. and I just wanted to share a bit with you. I know I haven't been around for a while, but, I've been doing some work on my blog and website, so I'll be back soon. I just wanted to come and share some quick tips with you for getting moving.

00:00:20:11 - 00:00:49:05
Unknown
When you have fibromyalgia or you struggle with extreme tiredness, as most of us do. the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week this week is moving for your mental health. And of course, we know lots of studies have showed us that, getting some physical activity in can have tons of benefits for your mental and physical well-being. It can help to improve, your bone and muscle health.

00:00:49:07 - 00:01:20:04
Unknown
It can reduce stress. It can help you improve your sleep. It can, reduce anxiety and depression. boost your confidence in your self-esteem. Tons of benefits. So it's really super important that we get some movement in, but we know that it's, you know, it can be quite daunting if you live with fibromyalgia because, we know that two of the main symptoms of fibromyalgia are pain and extreme tiredness or fatigue.

00:01:20:07 - 00:01:45:14
Unknown
so how do you get moving? You know, you don't want to do anything that's going to exacerbate your pain. And a lot for a lot of us, sometimes exercising can have the opposite effect, that we we like that we expect. So it can often leave us in bed for days, you know, riddled with pain. so over the years, I've sort of tried a bunch of different things to figure out what works for me.

00:01:45:20 - 00:02:14:21
Unknown
And of course, for everybody. It's different. With fibromyalgia, there is no one size fits all. answer, you know, so yeah. So the first thing, I'd like you to consider, you know, when you're thinking about how to get moving for your, for your mental health is,

00:02:14:23 - 00:02:36:25
Unknown
So how do you get moving for your mental health when you live with fibromyalgia or you struggle with extreme tiredness? the first thing I would say is listen to your body and figure out what's possible in the moment. So, you know, you wake up with fibromyalgia, you literally don't know how you're going to feel. so you have to listen to your body.

00:02:36:27 - 00:03:00:11
Unknown
It's what your body is saying. If your body is exhausted and screaming out in pain and saying, I need rest, obviously don't push it. I look for opportunities to get some exercise in when I'm doing my everyday activities. For instance, if I'm cooking in the kitchen, I'll often put some music on and do a little shimmy and giggles when I get the chance.

00:03:00:11 - 00:03:22:29
Unknown
You know, nothing too strenuous, but, it's all movement and that counts and you'll feel great. Next one tailor whatever it is you're doing to suit your needs at the time. So I might often start out with a grand plan. Like I might be like, okay, today I'm going to lift some weights and then I might start.

00:03:22:29 - 00:03:39:15
Unknown
And then while doing it, I might realize who actually my arms are quite sore, my arms are hurting quite a lot. So then I might just end up like doing upper body twists or something, you know? So you need to be flexible. You need to adapt to whatever it is you're doing, to how you feel at the moment.

00:03:39:15 - 00:04:00:21
Unknown
You might start out doing one thing and you might need to finish off doing something else. So just be flexible. the other thing is take lots of breaks and pace yourself. So that's quite important. I mean, I figured out pretty early on that I can only do about 5 to 6 minutes of exercise before I feel like I'm going to pass out.

00:04:00:23 - 00:04:21:04
Unknown
and it's important for you to know your limits as well. So if I'm going for a walk with my friends, I most of my friends know anyway. But if it's if it's with a group of people who aren't familiar with my, my my fiber mat fibromyalgia struggles, I'll let them know that. Hey, you know, I need to pace myself.

00:04:21:04 - 00:04:52:18
Unknown
I might need to walk at a slower pace. I might need to take some breaks, you know, and I, I allow myself that. And, it's it's how I cope, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. And lastly, really super important, remember to give yourself grace. I know a lot of us with chronic illnesses and fibromyalgia are really hard on ourselves, particularly when our bodies aren't doing what we want them to do.

00:04:52:18 - 00:05:13:10
Unknown
But it's so important that you be kind to yourself and you love yourself and nourish yourself. You know, like my friend Jen used to say, what would you say to a friend? Like, what would you say to me if I was struggling and you were my, you know, friend giving me advice like you wouldn't tell your friend like, come on.

00:05:13:10 - 00:05:37:15
Unknown
Like, toughen up. Like, no, you'd be kind to your friend and you'd be loving and caring. And that's how you need to be with yourself as well, because you're not going to, you're not going to make any strides being mean to yourself. Give yourself some grace, nurture yourself, water yourself, love yourself, be kind to yourself. that is just as important as all of the other tips I mentioned before.

00:05:37:18 - 00:05:49:09
Unknown
if you're interested in some easy sit down exercises approved by the NHS, please check the link below and I hope to see you soon. Have a great week everybody!

00:05:49:09 - 00:06:14:01
Unknown
Hello, everyone. it is mental health awareness week. and I just wanted to share a bit with you. I know I haven't been around for a while, but, I've been doing some work on my blog and website. So I'll be back soon. I just wanted to come and share some quick tips with you for getting moving when you have fibromyalgia or you struggle with extreme tiredness, as most of us do.

00:06:14:04 - 00:06:41:03
Unknown
the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week this week is moving for your mental health. And of course, we know lots of studies have showed us that, getting some physical activity in can have tons of benefits for your mental and physical well-being. It can help to improve, your bone and muscle health. It can reduce stress. It can help you improve your sleep.

00:06:41:05 - 00:07:07:27
Unknown
It can, reduce anxiety and depression. boost your confidence in your self-esteem. Tons of benefits. So it's really super important that we get some movement in, but we know that it's, you know, it can be quite daunting if you live with fibromyalgia because, we know that two of the main symptoms of fibromyalgia are pain and extreme tiredness or fatigue.

00:07:07:29 - 00:07:33:06
Unknown
so how do you get moving? You know, you don't want to do anything that's going to exacerbate your pain. And a lot for a lot of us, sometimes exercising can have the opposite effect. that we we like, that we expect. So it can often leave us in bed for days, you know, riddled with pain. so over the years, I've sort of tried a bunch of different things to figure out what works for me.

00:07:33:12 - 00:07:59:01
Unknown
And of course, for everybody. It's different with fibromyalgia. There is no one size fits all answer. So how do you get moving for your mental health when you live with fibromyalgia or you struggle with extreme tiredness? the first thing I would say is listen to your body and figure out what's possible in the moment. So, you know, you wake up with fibromyalgia, you literally don't know how you're going to feel.

00:07:59:04 - 00:08:23:20
Unknown
So you have to listen to your body. It's what your body's saying. If your body is exhausted and screaming out in pain and saying, I need rest, obviously don't push it. I look for opportunities to get some exercise in when I'm doing my everyday activities. For instance, if I'm cooking in the kitchen, I'll often put some music on and do a little shimmy and groove when I get the chance.

00:08:23:21 - 00:08:46:08
Unknown
You know, nothing too strenuous, but, it's all movement and that counts and you'll feel great. Next one. Taylor, whatever it is you're doing to suit your needs at the time. So I might often start out with a grand plan. Like, I might be like, okay, today I'm going to lift some weights and then I might start.

00:08:46:08 - 00:09:02:26
Unknown
And then while doing it, I might realize who actually my arms are. Quite so. My arms are hurting quite a lot. So then I might just end up like doing upper body twists or something. You know, so you need to be flexible. You need to adapt to whatever it is you're doing, to how you feel at the moment.

00:09:02:26 - 00:09:24:02
Unknown
You might start out doing one thing and you might need to finish off doing something else. So just be flexible. the other thing is take lots of breaks and pace yourself. So that's quite important. I mean, I figured out pretty early on that I can only do about 5 to 6 minutes of exercise before I feel like I'm going to pass out.

00:09:24:04 - 00:09:45:13
Unknown
and it's important for you to know your limits as well. So if I'm going for a walk with my friends, I most of my friends do anyway. But if it's if it's with a group of people who aren't familiar with my, fibromyalgia struggles, I'll let them know that, hey, you know, I need a piece myself. I might need to walk at a slower pace.

00:09:45:13 - 00:10:14:06
Unknown
I might need to take some breaks, you know? and I, I allow myself that. And, it's it's how I cope, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. And lastly, really super important. Remember to give yourself grace. I know a lot of us with chronic illnesses and fibromyalgia are really hard on ourselves, particularly when our bodies aren't doing what we want them to do.

00:10:14:06 - 00:10:34:13
Unknown
But it's so important that you be kind to yourself and you love yourself and nourish yourself. You know, like my friend James used to say, what would you say to a friend? Like, what would you say to me if I was struggling and you were my, you know, friend giving me advice like you wouldn't tell your friend like, come on.

00:10:34:13 - 00:10:58:19
Unknown
Like, toughen up. Like, no, you'd be kind to your friend and you'd be loving and caring. And that's how you need to be with yourself as well, because you're not going to, you're not going to make any strides being mean to yourself. Give yourself some grace. Nurture yourself. Water yourself, love yourself. Be kind to yourself. That is just as important as all of the other tips I mentioned before.

00:10:58:22 - 00:11:10:12
Unknown
if you're interested in some easy sit down exercises approved by the NHS, please check the link below and I hope to see you soon. Have a great week everybody!

 

Easy sitting exercises

 

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