Top Ten Tips for Managing FND
Having FND can be unnerving to say the least, scary even sometimes. I’ve been asked a couple of times recently if I have any tips for managing FND. This is exactly why I got into blogging about my FND journey so I’m thrilled. There’s so much more I’d like to do with this, but for now I’m able to bring you Top Ten Tips for Managing FND.
Before I do, a quick note: I have an overall disclaimer on my website but I’ll just emphasis that I am not a medical professional and this cannot replace medical advice. This is however tips based on nearly 6 years of having FND and being determined to thrive not just survive in life. So with that in mind,
My Top Ten Tips
1. Commit to learning about the condition.
The more you understand, the more you can help yourself
2. Choose your mindset.
Closed mindset or growth mindset? A growth mindset will mean you are open to new ideas, including to benefit your health.
3. Use self-care.
This is important for everyone but arguably even more important if you have an illness. I run a Facebook group, all about the importance and impact of self-care. You can request to join here.
4. Learn to listen to your body.
When you can do a little more and when you need to rest
Read more: When I Need To Rest
5. Track your symptoms.
This seems to be a controversial one. I’ve read posts from people that says this makes them obsess over their symptoms and puts too much emphasis on their illness. I’ve found tracking my symptoms really useful. I can see patterns and I’ve since changes thought patterns and behaviour to minimise symptoms. Don’t dwell though. Write, reflect, Then close the journal and carry on with your day.
(I’m thinking of putting together a symptom and health tracker as a printable-would you be interested in this? Please comment below-thanks)
6. Accept you’ll have bad days.
This illness isn’t linear. You might have a number of days where you feel okay and then your symptoms return/worsen. This could be for a number of reasons, but tracking your health and symptoms would help.
7. Have a survival kit.
By this I mean a kit of things when symptoms strike. This might mean headphones to listen to music, a book, essential oils. The list will be different for everyone. I’ll expand on this though; look out for a seperate blog post soon
8. Keep hydrated.
Everyone needs to keep hydrated and the health benefits are well documented
9. Talk to friends and family.
Just like the more you understand, the more you can help yourself. The more they understand, the more they can help too. It’s not easy, this blog post might help you get started.
10. Build a support system.
When I was diagnosed I didn’t know anyone else with the condition, did you? I’m pleased to say there is support out there. Word of caution: some people are less enthusiastic about improving your own health. Choose your tribe wisely.
I love hearing back from you. You might want to try some tips and let me know how you get on. I would also be interested to hear any tips you have.
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