Healthy Living

11 Ways to Cope with the Pain of Fibromyalgia

11. Use relaxation techniques

  • Relaxation techniques do wonders for coping with pain. Try deep breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, meditation or visualization.
  • Deep breathing exercises include breathing in slowly and deeply through your nose. Count to five. Hold the air in your lungs for a count of one and then breathe out slowly through your mouth. Count to five.
  • Progressive muscle relaxation means tightening and then relaxing body parts one at a time. Start at your head and move on down to your feet.
  • Meditation links you to focus on the present moment. Think calmly and without anxiety. Quiet your mind and relax your muscles.
  • Visualization is taking a trip to somewhere else. Use all your senses to experience a different place as thoroughly as possible.
  • Try yoga, massage, listening to music or just pray.
  • The more you use coping strategies, the more they will work. Try different things that might help you. Change them up if you need to and be flexible.