As a fibromyalgia scientist, I discovered how to enjoy Halloween again. My secret: I assembled a team of ghouls and put them to work helping me decorating, preparing, setting up and handing out candy. I first tried this method last year and enjoyed Halloween again after a four year absence of participating in the neighborhood celebration. I learned from last year's experience and tweaked and refined the process for this year. Today, in addition to getting everything ready and completing last minute preparations, I am scheduling in some rest time to bolster me through the evening.
I will be tired tonight and I will need to schedule extra rest and recovery time next week, but being a part of life in my neighborhood and sharing the fun and festivities with my family and friends makes it worth it. I reap the benefits of being a fibromyalgia scientist and sometimes it is scary good. This is the goal of my efforts to learn to live my best life despite chronic illness.