Taking care of yourself

Empowering you to manage your endometriosis symptoms.

Introduction

Everyone here at Endo SOS understands that living with endometriosis can be very difficult. But we also know firsthand that caring for yourself properly has enormous positive benefits. Read this page to find out more.

Establishing a routine

Creating a daily routine will provide a sense of control and normalcy for someone living with endometriosis. Your routine will help you to balance medication, doctor appointments, and self-care practices, making it easier to manage the complexities of this condition. We know it’s not always easy. Start by making small daily changes, such as getting up at the same time every day or eating regular meals. If things don’t go to plan, that’s okay, too. Just try your routine again the next day.

Taking in the good

Try to focus on the positives in your life, no matter how small. This focus can be as simple as enjoying a quiet moment or appreciating the beauty of nature. Positive thinking plays a significant role in mental health, especially when dealing with a chronic condition. If this feels difficult, start with the small things that make your life a little easier and work up to bigger gratitudes.

Looking after your body

If you’re struggling with endometriosis, the last thing you need is additional (often avoidable) health concerns. Pay attention to your physical health through diet, exercise, and rest.

It’s also important to understand what triggers your symptoms and how to alleviate them. Keeping a food diary is helpful to see what food and drinks might be impacting your symptoms. Gentle exercises, nutritious foods, and adequate rest will help you manage your symptoms.

Your thoughts

Maintaining a positive mindset is important. You can practise mindfulness or meditation to manage stress and any negative thoughts you’re experiencing. Your mental health is as important as your physical health in managing endometriosis. Don’t underestimate the power of mindset.

Living with uncertainty

Endometriosis can be unpredictable from one day to the next. Learning to live with this uncertainty by focusing on what you can control rather than what you can’t control is essential for emotional well-being.

Acknowledging and naming emotions

Recognise and accept your emotions. Understanding and expressing your feelings can help you cope with the emotional aspects of living with endometriosis.

Grounding techniques

Grounding techniques, such as deep breathing or mindfulness, can be beneficial during painful episodes or moments of high stress.

Sleep

Good sleep hygiene is vital to your overall health and well-being. Quality sleep can help in managing pain and fatigue associated with endometriosis. Tiredness will only aggravate your symptoms.

Activities and relationships

Stay connected with loved ones and engage in activities that bring you joy. Social support is crucial for emotional health, and fun can be a welcome distraction from pain.

Find support

Information, emotional support, and connection for those on a similar journey.