How to Create a Fibromyalgia Coping Box
A good coping box is filled with useful and comforting things to help you get through those painful fibromyalgia flare-ups.
Your coping box won’t make the pain go away, but it will make it easier to get through it.
What goes in your box is totally up to you, but we have some suggestions. Watch the video above to learn more, or read the written summary below.
What should you put in your coping box? Try to include soothing items that cover all five of your senses, like:
- Your favorite CD, or an iPod loaded with your favorite songs.
- Nice-smelling hand lotion or scented candles.
- A stuffed animal or a soft blanket.
- A photo of your family or a happy memory.
- Your favorite tea or a piece of candy.
You may also want to include tools for helping you identify and express your thoughts and feelings, like a journal, feeling chart or some art supplies.
Distraction is important for getting through a flare-up, too. Fill your box with things that occupy your mind, like a puzzle, knitting project, or your favorite DVD.
Tools to help you practice mindfulness, like a meditation CD or instructions for breathing exercises, can also be helpful. Mindfulness takes practice, but it’s worth it.
For when nothing else is helping and the pain is unbearable, make a list of the people you can contact for help, like doctors and supportive friends and family.
Assemble your coping box over a few good days, so it’s ready and waiting when you need it.
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