ProHealth me-cfs Vitamin and Natural Supplement Store and Health
Home  |  Log In  |  My Account  |  View Cart  View Your ProHealth Vitamin and Supplement Shopping Cart
800-366-6056  |  Contact Us  |  Help
Facebook Google Plus
Fibromyalgia  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & M.E.  Lyme Disease  Natural Wellness  Supplement News  Forums  Our Story
Store     Brands   |   A-Z Index   |   Best Sellers   |   New Products   |   Deals & Specials   |   Under $10   |   SmartSavings Club

Trending News

Twenty-Six Years of Hell: An ME/CFS/FM Recovery Story

The Opioid Painkiller Clampdown – Will it Lead to Better Drugs?

Could Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Be a Chronic Form of Sepsis?

In Their Own Words: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Patients Describe Their Symptoms – Par...

An Alternative to Goals and Resolutions: Intentions and Extreme Permissiveness

Top 10 Gifts to People Living with Pain

Unrest Flies High, Dr. Oz Talks ME/CFS and Ms Magazine Delivers

Urgency: Ron Davis and His (Non-NIH Funded) ME/CFS Collaborative Research Center

In Their Own Words: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Patients Describe Their Symptoms – Par...

Podcast: Myra Christopher Discusses Undertreated Chronic Pain and the PAINS Project

Print Page
Email Article

Seven Tips for Managing Seasonal Fibro Effects

  [ 6 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ]
By Celeste Cooper • • December 11, 2017

Seven Tips for Managing Seasonal Fibro Effects
By Celeste Cooper
If you are like me, “the fibro effect” seems to rear its ugly head this time of year. My routine is disrupted, I don’t eat the right foods, I get more confused than usual, and my mood changes. My winter spirit definitely needs an adjustment.
There is no doubt that our diet is different during the winter months. A generational bond is created with traditional holiday family dishes that focus on taste, not nutrition. Fresh foods aren’t readily available, making it difficult to eat healthy and stay within the family budget. But, whether in our control or not, when we don’t eat right, we are more inclined to fatigue, fibrofog, irritable bowel syndrome, bladder problems, etc. The fibro effect has us in its grip when we are sabotaged by food
I embrace a hearty laugh at the expense of fibrofog. I even write some of them down. Logical conscious thought translates into unrecognizable jargon as words slip from my lips. And, the unpredictability can be alarming. Overstimulation during the holiday can negatively affect cognitive dysfunction. And, other underlying conditions may be swept aside or fall prey to a sedentary lifestyle during the season of rest.
Anxiety and depression can be affected by many things during the season. Maybe we are apprehensive about interpersonal relationships. Winter weather has an effect on fibromyalgia. Fluctuating hormones and other important chemical messengers that provide us with homeostasis and a sense of well-being are compromised. 
But there are things we can do.
  1. Minimize  
Clutter and chaos causes frustration, and stress. Minimizing choices can be less confusing for us. I developed the in-out rule, something new in, something old out. I can organize better and I have more time. Living minimally promotes focus. 
  1. Organize 
Once we minimize, we have more time to organize.
Fibro tip: When organizing “things,” it’s important to use visible labels. In our quest for optimism, our desire to remember… I forgot. 
  1. Set limits
It’s impossible to set limits without a plan. A good plan has objective and manageable goals AND LIMITS. When we acknowledge our abilities and our limits, we do better at plan management. 
  1. Listen to body talk – don’t over-exert. 
Overdoing is not an attribute of self-empowerment for anybody — ANYBODY! We, of all people, should have this one covered. 
  1. Address fibrofog
An over-stimulating, noisy, or physically congested environment can easily lead to distraction, confusion, and disorientation. Omega 3, along with aerobic activity, and cognitive stimulation may help. One study indicates these things together decline changes in gray matter in certain parts of the brain. So doing things known to improve brain function contributes to our cognitive health. 
  1. Pace
In addition to being prepared with a personalized backup plan, we can do other things to help, such as meditating, focusing on positive outcomes, deep breathing, and treating our body and mind with tender care and loving self-talk. 
  1. Manage mood
Music is therapy. I love the feelings I get when I hear an old tune that takes me back in time or makes me want to get up and dance as I air tap to the beat. I also practice focused breathing, meditation, and T’ai Chi. What things do you do to manage your mood?
As the season changes, so can we. If we listen to subtle hints and follow a plan, we can minimize the fibro-effect, we can be prepared, and we can look forward to the days ahead.

Celeste Cooper, RN, is a frequent contributor to ProHealth.  She is an advocate, writer and published author, and a person living with chronic pain. Celeste is lead author of Integrative Therapies for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Myofascial Pain and Broken Body, Wounded Spirit, and Balancing the See Saw of Chronic Pain (a four-book series). She spends her time enjoying her family and the rewards she receives from interacting with nature through her writing and photography. You can learn more about Celeste’s writing, advocacy work, helpful tips, and social network connections at

Post a Comment

Featured Products From the ProHealth Store
B-12 Extreme™ Energy NADH™ 12.5mg Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor®

Article Comments

Be the first to comment on this article!

Post a Comment

Optimized Curcumin Longvida with Omega-3

Featured Products

Hydroxocobalamin Extreme™ Hydroxocobalamin Extreme™
The B-12 Your Brain Needs for Detox & Sharpness
Ultra ATP+, Double Strength Ultra ATP+, Double Strength
Get Energized with Malic Acid & Magnesium
B-12 Extreme™ B-12 Extreme™
The Most Potent Vitamin B-12 on Earth
Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor® Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor®
Reduce Fatigue up to 45%
MitoQ® MitoQ®
Powerful Antioxidant Support to Mitochondria

Natural Remedies

Block Acid Reflux to Prevent Esophageal Problems! Block Acid Reflux to Prevent Esophageal Problems!
Guarding Against the Dangers of Vitamin D Deficiency Guarding Against the Dangers of Vitamin D Deficiency
How Glutathione Can Save Your Life How Glutathione Can Save Your Life
Repair Damaged Mitochondria and Reduce Fatigue Up to 45% Repair Damaged Mitochondria and Reduce Fatigue Up to 45%
Supercharge Your Brain with Two Powerful Nutrients Supercharge Your Brain with Two Powerful Nutrients

ProHealth, Inc.
555 Maple Ave
Carpinteria, CA 93013
(800) 366-6056  |  Email

· Become a Wholesaler
· Vendor Inquiries
· Affiliate Program
Credit Card Processing
Get the latest news about Fibromyalgia, M.E/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme Disease and Natural Wellness

CONNECT WITH US ProHealth on Facebook  ProHealth on Twitter  ProHealth on Pinterest  ProHealth on Google Plus

© 2018 ProHealth, Inc. All rights reserved. Pain Tracker App  |  Store  |  Customer Service  |  Guarantee  |  Privacy  |  Contact Us  |  Library  |  RSS  |  Site Map