It is quite a challenge to learn how to live your own life and manage your daily activities when you have begun to develop a chronic medical condition.
The comfort zone, as you know it, may become considerably smaller than it has ever been before, so travelling—for work or pleasure—becomes somewhat risky, and sometimes even downright frightful.
Symptom flare-ups are unpredictable, and they tend to be aggravated by stress. And who doesn’t stress when travelling, about the itinerary, about the security of your home while you are away, about the possibility of a reacting physical to the trip?
It is imperative that you treat your fibromyalgia and every other chronic medical condition with respect.
You must show care for your health and always be safe, but you must also try not to miss out on some of the fun and otherwise important things in life.
Some days, that will require you to step away from the comfort of your home and routine, but there are things you can do beforehand to ensure that you travel well, even if you have fibromyalgia.
Rest, rest, rest! Be sure that you are fully rested before you begin your trip. Pace yourself and give yourself time to rest as you go.
And just as importantly, when you return home, allow yourself an adequate amount of time to recover from the trip before you resume all of your daily activities.
Any trip, great or small, calls for high energy and sufficient planning. Being unprepared in this respect puts you in danger of wearing yourself down and welcoming a flare of symptoms related to your fibromyalgia.
The duration of your trip will require from you an equal amount of rest. This means that for a one week excursion, plan as though it were two, allowing yourself days to rest well before you leave and after your return.
Do not hesitate to pull yourself aside and give yourself as many breaks as you need along the way.
Allow yourself relaxation time. Allot for naps and enjoy an easy pace. The fact that you are away from home does not imply that every moment must be spent being busy.