Tip of the Day

The first rule of thumb when you have a chronic illness like fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: eliminate all activities you do not value and that do not require your participation. Even though you may be "sick all the time," there is nothing wrong with declining invitations for health reasons. A polite, "thanks for the invitation, but I am not feeling up to it" should suffice. People cancel for many reasons – excessive pain and fatigue are reason enough! Reduce contact with individuals who drain you rather than add pleasure to your life. Think of yourself as a Brahmin: Reserve your precious energy for only the most important tasks. Prioritize. When possible, eliminate the "I should…" activities for the "I want to…" variety. If your budget allows, it is often well worth paying someone to carry out strenuous chores, such as housecleaning and grocery shopping, to free yourself for more fulfilling activities. (Source: “How to Live with Others” by Deborah A. Barrett, Ph.D. www.paintracking.com.)

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