Fibro Wellbeing Warrior

Fibro Wellbeing Warrior Fibro Wellbeing Warrior is an inspirational blogger and content creator designed to inspire, empower

Our Fibromylagia Journal is also available 👇       https://www.etsy.com/au/FibroWellbeing/listing/877606282/fibro-wellbe...
07/08/2021

Our Fibromylagia Journal is also available 👇



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16 pg PFD template: Incl Front cover, Living with chronic illness template, learn to be kind to your mind template, self-care bingo template, 2 x day templates (print these as many times as you like, 6 months worth, 12 months worth etc), End of week reflections that can be printed and added to the

Do you find journaling and noting down your signs and symptoms help you and treating your physicians work smarter and no...
07/08/2021

Do you find journaling and noting down your signs and symptoms help you and treating your physicians work smarter and not harder to manage your symptoms?

We have a chronic illness Planner/Pain Tracker available over on our Etsy page 👇

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Are you looking for a Chronic illness planner and pain tracker? Look no further! A PDF downloadable, printable or electronic editable template that plans, tracks and keeps all your records in one place! - To do list - Pain Scale - Medications - symptom tracker - Trigger tracker Plus more! Print

One of the hardest things I've had to learn as a trainer and also a Fibromyalgia sufferer is to listen to my body 👇It's ...
04/07/2021

One of the hardest things I've had to learn as a trainer and also a Fibromyalgia sufferer is to listen to my body 👇

It's been a hot minute since I've had a flare up, and, those that I have had over the past 2 years have been nothing compared to the one I'm in now 💥

For my body to heal, feel loose and de-stress I actually need to move 🤔

This sounds counterintuitive to many that think and feel pain as a mechanism to slow down and rest up, when over on this side of the fence my body craves the release and the blood pumping through the veins to relieve the muscle tension and the contractions my body is constantly under.

Once you listen, and I mean really listen to your body you will know what it needs and how much, it becomes familiar and intuitive.

Listen to your body, ALWAYS 💪

02/07/2021

It's been a while since I have added to my blog or posted on my page because things have been relatively great all things considered.

I have jumped on today to remind those that all though as we know Fibromyalgia is an invisible and chronic disease it doesn't discriminate on gender, health or status.

We have been in covid lockdown the past couple of days and 6 months ago I rekindled my love and passion for exercise and helping women so I opened up Body Positive Fitness and the rest is history 💁‍♀️

Fast forward to covid lockdown and I have been running online/zoom training sessions for group training and my body is killing me, from head to toe!

In the last 6 months I have been demonstrating exercises and techniques but not to the extent of running and performing 80% of the workout like I have over zoom, so, I am rugged up in bed with a heat pack feeling sorry for myself 😬

Don't worry, it won't last long it never does but it reminds me that it's still there and that it's just apart of my journey 🌌

It's that time of year again when the cold hurts, the body tires and the mind fogs over, and if you are unsure why or ho...
03/05/2021

It's that time of year again when the cold hurts, the body tires and the mind fogs over, and if you are unsure why or how the cold affects FIbromyalgia sufferers you can read about it over here on verywellhealth 👇

https://www.verywellhealth.com/cold-weather-pain-fibromyalgia-3972975

Does cold worsen your pain from fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome? Have you wondered if a warmer climate would help?

What is Relaxation Training???..... Now more than ever we are forced with uncertainty and changes to which are out of ou...
14/04/2021

What is Relaxation Training???.....

Now more than ever we are forced with uncertainty and changes to which are out of our control...

BUT...

We also have the ability to recognise how our body reacts to stress and limit how our body reacts negatively to these stressors...

Relaxation Training is one tool that should be part of your arsenal in pain management, chronic illness or stress/anxiety tool box... It is the art of practicing mental and physical state of tranquility through meditation or Breath work.

Relaxation Training decreases blood pressure, irritability, helps to alleviate sleep difficulties and and achieve a brighter more optimistic outlook on life.

All you need is a quiet room away from distractions and temptations to begin.

1. Sit comfortably and close your eyes ( this allows for a deeper concentration)
2. first, focus your attention on the outside world, In your mind, begin sentences that start with " I am aware of " I.e I am aware of the sounds of cars outside on the road, the breeze blowing through the trees, the cream carpets, the smell of hot fresh coffee in the kitchen.

3. After becoming aware of your surroundings, shift your focus to your own body and the physical sensations, your internal awareness. I.e. I.am aware of feeling warm, I am aware of the tension in my back, a tickle in my nose or my feet falling asleep.

4. Now, shuffle back and forth between your external and internal awareness. I.e I am aware of the plane flying across the sky, i am aware of the seat pushing into my back, a frownline on my forehead. Take a moment to continue alternatining between your internal and external awareness for 2-3 minutes.

5. In your own time bring your awareness back to the room and to your session, slowly open your eyes and take a couple of deep breathes in and out.

Repeat when you are feeling anxious or stressed to bring your feelings into perspective.

08/03/2021

Happy International Women’s Day. There is no limit to what we can achieve when we empower and support each other, find our voice and create our platform.

I want you to know right here and right now that taking care of yourself is not selfish and even though it is taking tim...
15/02/2021

I want you to know right here and right now that taking care of yourself is not selfish and even though it is taking time away from others it is more important than you know...

A few months ago I was going through a rather painful and sudden flare-up, you know the ones that catch you off guard?! Well yes, one of those but this was different from any other I had bared witness to.

My heart started racing, I felt frantic and then I burst into tears and found myself swearing and yelling out of frustration. I had no idea what was going on or why and then it dawned on me. I was an emotional wreck waiting to happen and I just didn't realize it at the time just how much pressure I was putting on myself to be the perfect parent, wife, and still trying to hold onto what I had left behind.

I hadn't paid any attention to my own needs and listened to my body, and that my friends are not ok, if I had put myself first and realized that I needed to take time to fill up my own cup before others I may not have had a meltdown in my lounge room, thank god no one else was home!

I sat myself down, worked through my emotions, and told myself that this is exactly what needed to happen so I could learn to be kinder to myself and not feel guilty about taking my time and energy away from my family.

My family would be ok without me for an hour,, my husband will still be alive if he didn't sit next to me for half an hour whilst we watched Netflix, well, only just but I realized the world would not stop if I took time to look after my mind, body, and soul before others.

That one lesson changed my whole entire thought process on self-care and its importance to one's mental and physical health, now self-care is apart of my everyday routine and I encourage you to give back to yourself more, I promise you won't regret it!

How to live a purposeful life...Living life as a chronic illness warrior is no mean feat so you should celebrate who you...
18/01/2021

How to live a purposeful life...

Living life as a chronic illness warrior is no mean feat so you should celebrate who you are and what you can do for our community.

Coming into the spotlight out of the darkness enabled me to become a more whole and purpose-driven woman in her mid 30's ready to embrace all that a purposeful life can give freely.

Here are my top 10 tips on how to live life with purpose and intent:

1- Create an excitable future that makes you want to wake up and take on the day!

Read the rest of my tips over on my website...

https://fibrowellbeing.wixsite.com/fibrowellbeing

I believe you must bring your whole self to the table if you want to thrive in today’s crazy world; your personality, your sense of humor, and most importantly, your heart.

Fibromyalgia and Bursitis                 Bursitis is inflammation of the Bursa, a fluid-filled sac that acts asa cushio...
06/01/2021

Fibromyalgia and Bursitis



Bursitis is inflammation of the Bursa, a fluid-filled sac that acts as
a cushion between joints, seen to be common in joints that perform repetitive movements such as the Shoulder, Elbow, and Hip.

Prior to developing Fibromyalgia, I had never had any issues with my joints, ligaments, and tendons even though I had been involved in high contact sports and practiced as a Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor.

Suddenly waking up one day with a sore shoulder and a reduction in my range of motion had me second-guessing what was actually going on, was it a Fibro thing, did I somehow injure myself or did I sleep on my shoulder?

I was convinced it was a Fibro thing and I started to do my usual research and look into conditions associated with the symptoms I was experiencing and begun to diagnose myself accordingly, at first I thought to myself it was bursitis and sort of shrugged it off with " How could it be, that's not something young, healthy and fit people experience"..

I was sadly mistaken.

After calling my GP and having a scan done, it did, in fact, return as having bursitis and it was quite inflamed so I was advised I would need a steroid injection into the bursae.

The horror stories I had heard of others having these injections and being in so much pain I was dreading the thought of having to go through with it, my stress levels were so high walking into the appointment I was just grateful I had an amazing specialist who made the whole experience a breeze and I barely felt anything, we joked at the time at how my daily Fibro pain was actually worse hahaha ( it's the little things right?!).

Since experiencing the first episode of bursitis in my right shoulder, I experience flare-ups in my right and in my left shoulder with any repetitive movement, no matter how insignificant they may seem.

I have extensively researched the connection between Fibromyalgia and Bursitis and it's clear that there is a distinct and profound percentage of the Fibro community who experience Bursitis with their regular Fibromyalgia symptoms.

Fibromyalgia is such a complex and misunderstood Chronic Disease that affects the Soft tissue of the human body as well as the many systems of the body that enable us to function i.e Neurological, Endocrine, skeletal, etc.

It would make sense that the soft tissue that supports and enables the shoulder, elbow, and hip joints to move would suffer significantly in their function the same way that other parts of our body do not function correctly. due to the malfunctioning of the human body as a whole, excess stress is placed on surrounding muscles, joints, and ligaments to perform and therefore become "over-used", causing friction and inflammation in the bursae thus producing Bursitis.

I spend a lot of time moving around, whether its exercise, picking up and looking after my children, grocery shopping and the list could go on, but, I do recognize and pull myself up when I can start to feel the extra pain and discomfort in my shoulder and here a few handy tips I have picked up along the way that help alleviate my bursitis.

1: Always consult your leading practitioner in regards to care or treatment if you have never experienced Burstitis before so you can be expertly guided.

2. Stop or limit the activity that is causing the discomfort.

3. Grab a heat pack or cold pack, sit down, relax, and pop it on your shoulder, elbow,
or hip, some people like myself prefer the heat over cold and vice versa so whatever
works best for you and your pain/discomfort tolerance.

4. Anti-inflammatories can help alleviate the discomfort, due to the pain medication
crisis happening around the world, many Dr's won't give you anything stronger.
Anti-inflammatories can be found in medication forms, rubs, and or creams that can bring relief to the area once applied.

5. If you don't see relief over a couple of days, check-in with your GP and talk about options, they usually suggest a steroid injection to help with the pain and inflammation
and or Physio.

6. Listen to your body, we all know overdoing it can make recovery a lot harder than it needs to be so take the time to heal and know that you are doing what your body is required of you in order to heal.

06/01/2021

From Success to disability and back again Part VI is live over on my website and is the final part of my journey.

Sneak Peek Below!

Have you ever had one of those moments where a light bulb switches on and it's like
taaa-daaa.... this was my light bulb moment and no you don't need to be a magician, you just need to be open-minded.

I decided not to fight it any longer, giving up was not an option nor was I going to let it creep into my future but I decided to shift my focus, and its changed my life.

Growing up I had always been a really strong and independent woman, I knew what I wanted out of life and what my purpose was since the age of 19 but you don't really ever take into consideration that life happens, it doesn't happen to you but for you.

02/01/2021

From Success to disability and back again Part V is now live over on my website, here is a sneak peek 🔽

Have you ever had to give up everything you worked hard for because of someone else's
wrongdoing? I have and it was the start of my downward spiral.

From very early on I knew that this "whiplash" or "chronic pain" was more than temporary,
I was lucky to find good Doctors and Specialists that would listen and appreciate all the research and effort I put into my own health care. We reached a Diagnosis of Fibromyalgia and treated it as such, even though most of the modalities we tried my body didn't respond well too but we still kept trying.

Eventually, Dec 2019 rolled around and after having to spend many weeks and months off in between different job roles, hours, and shifts we collectively had to decide that I could no longer work. I have always been one to make my own way, I only ever relied on myself and to me, it was like taking away my soul.

The first day of 2021 and im in bed with a migraine, now I don't get these dreaded mind altering and excruciating migrai...
01/01/2021

The first day of 2021 and im in bed with a migraine, now I don't get these dreaded mind altering and excruciating migraines to often and it is usually due to 1 of 2 things..

1. Stress
2. Not enough water

I believe a good combination of these bought on this "blessing" so I'm taking the time to rehydrate and rest in bed.

Whilst its not the start to 2021 I envisioned it's totally OK to give in and let your body take care of itself by resting and taking time to heal.

Your mind, body and soul will thank you for it!



From Success to disability and back again Part IV is now live on my blog.https://fibrowellbeing.wixsite.com/fibrowellbei...
29/12/2020

From Success to disability and back again Part IV is now live on my blog.

https://fibrowellbeing.wixsite.com/fibrowellbeing/blog

Sneak peek here 🔽

Fresh-faced and Bushy Tailed, Uni semester came along and I had my game face on.

Uni lectures, assessments, Drs, Solicitor meetings, and medication trials posted a rather heavy load to try and carry whilst dealing with "Whiplash". I would spend as much time as I could sitting down in one session, hopping up and moving around to stretch, back into uni mode, and repeat.

Despite all the Extensive Rehabilitation I had undertaken, medication, and Psychotherapy I was starting to lose my ability to concentrate and remember anything that flashed across my computer or my face when it came to uni.

Founded in 2020, Fibro Wellbeing Warrior was born out of a mindset shift that got me out of my head and into the journey of Story-telling. We all have a story to be told and sometimes we all  just need a little encouragement to stand up and tell it!

Part III of my journey is officially live on my website, here is a sneak peek!"On my way into Fortitude Valley for a Mag...
27/12/2020

Part III of my journey is officially live on my website, here is a sneak peek!

"On my way into Fortitude Valley for a Magazine Gig, I came to a stop on Gympie Arterial Road just outside of Carseldine around 9 am on the 18th of April, I looked up into my review mirror and saw a 4x4 coming towards the backend of me with little or no time to stop. I braced myself for impact, my left foot was hard down on the brake and I waited for the inevitable."

Read the rest of the blog post over on my website.

Why Flexibility and Movement is pivotal in Managing Fibromyalgia.As a former Personal Trainer, I trained clients regular...
25/12/2020

Why Flexibility and Movement is pivotal in Managing Fibromyalgia.

As a former Personal Trainer, I trained clients regularly who had limitations, barriers
or chronic conditions that required specific programming and modifications to enable
movement without exacerbating injuries or pain.

It never crossed my mind, that I, as a trainer would ever be put in the scenario I was placed in after my car accident.

I went from training 6-7 days a week to being curled up on the couch, eating ice cream, and knocking back pain medication to try and cope with the pain. My training and hard work had gone out the window, my pain levels skyrocketed and my range of motion deteriorated rapidly.

It wasn't until I decided that enough was enough and I took my health and wellbeing into my own hands and became my biggest advocate.

Whilst exercise and movement will not cure your pain, it's pivotal in active recovery and well-being moving forward with Fibromyalgia.

As recommended by medical professionals globally, starting out on your exercise regime needs to be at a slow and steady pace, this will allow your body and mind to actively gauge
what your body and mind will allow you to do before pain sets in and or you have a flare-up.

As a qualified personal trainer, I would recommend having a training plan put in place and journaling your sessions, your triggers, and how your body responds the hours and days after your exercise regime. This will allow you full control over how your next sessions play out and where or when you can adjust accordingly.

As we know, being a Fibro Warrior is not without its challenges. One day we can get through perhaps doing a light resistance training workout and the next session not so much.

I have discovered and those before me and after will discover that regardless of whether we physically exercise or don't, our body will still ache and hurt from head to toe so why would you want to allow your body to decondition further and create long term complications with mobility later in life?

Mobility and stretching exercises have been pivotal in regaining back my movement patterns, my ability to endure more mentally, and become less dependant on others, and here is why.

Stretching exercises can help reduce and alleviate tension and stiffness in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments which improves mobility and range of motion. This leads to less stress on the body, as the muscles lengthen during stretching, relieving the body of pent up tension and stress to relax and decompress.

A stretching or flexibility program can also help:
improve range of motion
improve posture
decrease joint stiffness
decrease muscle tension
improve performance
improve your ability to relax
find time for mental training, such as visualization

I have found that Stretching of a morning, after exercise, and of an evening to be of most
beneficial to my daily pain and energy levels.

Remember to start slow and steady, journal your triggers and adjust accordingly but most of all remember that unless you have co-morbidities or underlying health conditions that the pain experienced by Fibromyalgia is very real it is also just a trauma response to a pain signal, your mindset can overcome this and you can take back your control.

Merry Christmas 🎄I hope you are surrounded by all your friends and family for the festive season and are blessed beyond ...
24/12/2020

Merry Christmas 🎄

I hope you are surrounded by all your friends and family for the festive season and are blessed beyond all measures 🦋

Part 2 of my journey is now live!Now that I had my training for my clients down pat and they were seeing amazing results...
23/12/2020

Part 2 of my journey is now live!

Now that I had my training for my clients down pat and they were seeing amazing results
the next step was to study for my Bachelor of Nutrition but in order to achieve that I had to gain entry into university.

I picked what I thought at the time was the easiest way to go and I started my Diploma of Screen and Media ( Makeup Artistry ) in the city. 5 days a week catching public transport in and out of the city to something I had never even thought of doing, I mean I grew up a tomboy and had not once put on foundation, this should be interesting!......

to be continued over on:

https://fibrowellbeing.wixsite.com/fibrowellbeing

I believe you must bring your whole self to the table if you want to thrive in today’s crazy world; your personality, your sense of humor, and most importantly, your heart.

Fibro Wellbeing Warrior is a purpose-driven passion project after a tragic accident occurred in 2018.After a serious car...
23/12/2020

Fibro Wellbeing Warrior is a purpose-driven passion project after a tragic accident occurred in 2018.

After a serious car accident and walking away with Fibromyalgia, I consequently lost my 2 small businesses as a personal Trainer and a Freelance Hair and Makeup Artist. As well as having to give up my degree in Nutrition.

My soul purpose is to inspire, educate, and empower chronic pain patients and sufferers of Fibromyalgia to start "Living life on your terms" whilst bringing Fibromyalgia to the forefront of medical and community focus.

Eliminating the stigma attached to chronic pain and advocating for ourselves.

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