Energy conservation and the ability to administer self-care are two very important elements of living well with Fibromyalgia.
Working from home, while a little isolating, is a great opportunity for Fibromyalgia/Chronic Pain/Chronic Fatigue fighters.
When I was contracting it was a fantastic way to be flexible around my husband and baby. When I was based in an office, it was a nice change of pace to utilise the option to work from home.
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I still had to transport my boy/s to care and back again, so I didn’t save much travel time, but eliminating transport time and energy is super helpful in managing fibromyalgia.
Audio video of my five reasons it’s good to work from home with Fibromyalgia
Here’s my five top reasons why it’s good to work from home with fibromyalgia:
- You can administer your heat pack without looking like a granny. (Heat is my favourite pain management technique.)
- You can use your breaks to lie down and pace the day as you need. (Eating is easier too -I’m a grazer, so rather than eat a big lunch, I break it down into smaller meals.)
- You can do yoga stretches without poking your butt out or getting on all fours in the office. And stretch your neck a lot without looking odd.
- You have more control over your working area – temperature control, lighting, windows etc. My home desk is set up perfectly for me and I have my Swiss ball if I get sick of my chair. This often means the difference between able to work and not. Some days, I am capable of work but physically being present in the office would push me off the edge of coping.
- You get heaps done without constant interruptions and without the little stressors the office provides. (Research suggests it takes something like half an hour to settle back into a task with each interruption.)
2018 update: Now that I have a third baby on the way it has become abundantly clear that I will need flexibility and efficiency in order to continue working, so working from home will be the way to achieve this. Probably as a freelancer, but I’ll let y’all know how that goes when the time comes.