The key to surviving summer Fibromyalgia flares, is knowing how to easily manage FMS symptoms in the heat.
Surviving summer Fibromyalgia flares is a priority if you are living any place where heat and/or humidity reign during the long months between June and September. For those of us living in the desert southwest, the temperatures can stay in the 100’s all the way until the second or third week of October…and ‘yes’!…that sucks!
I can tell you this, I wake up every morning during those long 4 months and thank God for whoever the genius was who invented air-conditioning! Especially since my FMS has increased in severity. Flares are aplenty in this body the whole time that sun is high in the sky overhead, and the sea is far, far away…
Surviving summer Fibromyalgia flares can turn into ‘thriving’ during summer flares, if we get a handle on a few simple tips & tricks to keep our temperatures down and our spirits up. Of course, I am sitting here comfortably right now with the temperature at a sweet 76 degrees, but hey, ‘hope springs eternal’!
According to Everyday Health , it is believed that much of the problem we face as FMS patients with the heat, has to do with our bodies’ difficulty in regulating temperature. Along with the dehydration and restless night’s sleep the summer heat brings about.
So here are a few things to remember in the upcoming months as we endure the long days and hot nights;
4 Vital Steps To Surviving Summertime Flares
Drink like a fish. No, put the banana daiquiri down, I’m talking H2O. Make like us ‘desert rats’, and carry a huge canister of water around with you everywhere you go. Along with keeping you hydrated, water will flush toxins out of your system and help prevent UTI’s aggravated by dehydration. Plus, it will keep your ‘bikini body’ lookin’ good!
Eat plenty of summer fruits and vegetables that cool and refresh; watermelon, cucumbers, tomatoes, plums, cherries, ect. Eat what is IN SEASON NOW. This is good advice for anytime of the year. There’s a reason different things grow at different times. Your body knows what it needs and when. (Ever thought about how Vit C packed citrus grows in winter when the sun is scarce, and cold viruses are running rampant?)
Live like a lizard. Stay somewhere cool in the day, and come out at night. If possible, run your errands when the sun goes down. Grocery shopping can wait until the steering wheel won’t melt the first layer of skin off your fingers.
Move to Alaska. Just kidding. But if you’re like I am, and don’t want to pay ridiculous electricity bills, set your air-conditioning to 80-82 in the day. Then turn it down once the sun goes down. Keep the house nice and frosty during the night. This way you can be cool and comfortable while you sleep.
Surviving summer Fibromyalgia flares isn’t rocket science, but it does require a little forethought. Like death and taxes, you can be sure the seasons will come and go whether you want them to or not. Take a little extra care, and follow a few common sense rules to ‘survive & thrive’ during the sweltering summer months.
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