How to Work at Home with Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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If you have fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome, you already know how difficult it is to maintain a traditional employment situation. Flare-ups happen and often traditional employers do not seem to understand. However, you still have bills to pay. Thus, you may wish to explore how you can work from home to earn a living, which is eminently possible.

Take care of yourself. Work with a physician knowledgeable about fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome and find prescription or holistic remedies to manage your symptoms. In addition, try to get adequate sleep and eat a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables and lean protein. It may also help to keep a log of all your activities and the things that lead to flare-ups or reduction of symptoms. This way, you can make the necessary changes to reduce and hopefully eliminate symptom flare-ups.

Check into freelancing. With freelancing, you not only choose your clients and projects but can also choose your hours. This gives you a lot of flexibility as you will have more control over your work hours and income. Therefore, when you are feeling stronger, you can work more and then work less when you are experiencing a flare-up.

Pace yourself. When you are feeling good, try not to do too much too soon. Rushing yourself will increase your symptoms and make you feel worse. Instead, decide how much work you can realistically complete in a given time. For instance, if you have a goal to write four articles a day, then set a timer for 20-minute increments and write one article. When the timer sounds, take a break, relax, then repeat the process until your four articles are done. You will feel a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction when you complete the tasks within the allotted time.

Practice stress-relieving techniques. Working at home with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome can be extremely stressful. Not only do you have work demands but also relentless symptoms like body aches, brain fogginess, extreme fatigue and more. Thus, you must often practice stress-relieving techniques. This includes gentle stretching, prayer, relaxation techniques and more.

Set realistic deadlines. Keep in mind that you may very well experience a flare-up that could put you out of commission for a while. Therefore, set realistic deadlines and always give yourself more time than needed to accomplish something. For instance, if you know it will take you one week to finish a project, seek two weeks.

Listen to your body. Your aches and pains and fatigue are your body's way of telling you not to attempt too much too soon. Listen to your body and rest when it gives you the cue. Remember, your health is the most important thing so you can't push yourself too hard.

Join a work-at-home support group for fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers. Not only will this give you the support you need to be successful but will also enable you to encourage and motivate others also experiencing the same condition.



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