It is often difficult, when you have a chronic condition, to know when to risk it. Should I go on vacation with the possibility of having an outbreak of symptoms? If you do not do it now, when will you decide what is the best time to do it? It is very important, when it comes to fibromyalgia , or any chronic condition, to take care of yourself. It is also important to try to live the fullest and richest possible life. Here are five tips that can help you have a more successful travel experience with fibromyalgia.
Rest long before, during and after your trip. Traveling requires a lot of planning and energy. You can put yourself at risk for an outbreak of symptoms if you do too much and you exhaust your body. If you are going on a one-week trip, consider it a trip of two weeks in total. Rest extra for the few days before and after the trip. During the trip, take breaks throughout the day and keep up the pace. Just because you’re gone does not mean you have to use every second of every day. You can take time to relax, take a nap and enjoy your time too. If you are traveling with other people, you may have to choose not to participate in some of the activities you have planned and you may have to control your pace. The fact that everyone else is doing something does not mean that it is right for you at that time.
Plan to plan
The more you plan the trip, the better you can control your fatigue and pain, and control your own pace. Investigate in advance about where you are going, the things you want to see, and the amount of time you will need to see each item. This can help you plan your days in advance and know what to expect each day. Planning can also involve getting motorized carts, wheelchairs and other items for the airport. If you’ve planned ahead, it can help you resist the temptation to do too much while you’re away.
If you are traveling with a spouse, with another family or with friends, you may not realize your limitations. Be open and honest about your needs with fibromyalgia and make clear what you expect from the trip and from them. By analyzing these things in advance, you will reduce the possibility of being surprised or disappointed during the trip. It will also reduce the chance that you will do more than you can handle because of the pressure of others.
Evaluate your expectations
It is very important to evaluate your goals for the trip before going. The fact that you are going on this trip is something wonderful. You should give yourself a pat on the back for your effort and feel enthusiastic if you can enjoy this interesting place. You may need to work emotionally with yourself to see your trip from this point of view. Everything you can see and every experience you have on the trip is a gift. Seeing it this way, instead of feeling disappointed if you fail to meet all of your goals, will lessen the pressure it exerts on you and give you the freedom to enjoy what happens on the trip.
Use comfort tools
There is no reason to be without things that will make you feel comfortable when traveling with fibromyalgia. If you need a specific cushion for the backrest, look for a way to bring it back. If there is a certain food that helps you relax or control your pain, make sure you have enough to keep you comfortable. If there are certain comfort items or alternative treatments that will help you travel and make you feel more comfortable, be sure to bring them, even if they are bulky.
Enjoy your vacations and get ready for a great adventure! You deserve this free time and this opportunity to see something new. Have fun as best you can.