These social events were part of the regular routine, a time to relax and catch up on the latest gossip. It was a little break from the work week or any troubles that might be brewing on the home front.
For most people today, life has become far too hectic for socializing. Work no longer says within the boundaries of “nine to five”. With laptops, cell phones, and BlackBerries, many people never actually leave the office, even when they are at home.
Those suffering with Fibromyalgia have the extra challenge of having to work around flare ups. When symptoms are at their lowest, it’s time to push hard and get as much done as possible. Any time that can be squirreled away tends to be spent catching up on chores or chauffeuring children to their many activities. Then, when symptoms inevitably return and become debilitating, just fighting to get through the day is tough enough. It can be a very vicious cycle.
Is Socializing Antiquated?
These days, calling a friend to chat seems like a fantasy. Preparing for a social gathering sounds like a throwback from the baby boomer era. Who has that kind of free time or that kind of energy? Certainly not anyone with Fibromyalgia.
It may be a bit of a blast from the past but socializing is very important, something we seem to have forgotten in our never ending quest to become successful. Taking a breather from work, enjoying ourselves, and realizing what is truly important are essential for stress relief. These things can actually increase productivity and effectiveness.
Stress and Fibromyalgia
For those with Fibromyalgia, this need is even greater than for the rest of the population. The majority of people with this chronic condition have Type A personalities. They are the superwomen (and supermen) of the world, constantly multitasking to try to get more and more accomplished. Even when their bodies are screaming from being overworked and self afflicted abuse, these people push even harder. It’s little wonder that the body eventually goes on strike.
Ultimately, there’s a choice. Either provide the rest and relaxation that the body needs or debilitating bouts of pain, fatigue, Fibrofog, joint swelling, muscle weakness, insomnia, and mobility issues will enforce the point. When put that way, doesn’t catching up with an old friend, having a cup of tea with an aunt, or throwing a few hotdogs on the barbeque for the kids sound like a much better alternative?
Socializing needn’t take much time and effort. No one cares about formality these days. Just relax, enjoy the break, and the company.