Do you try to take care of yourself? Do you take your meds and/or supplements like you should, pace yourself, and do the things you know help ease your symptoms?
How well you do those things is called your self-efficacy. If you're consistent about doing the right things, you have good self-efficacy. If not, perhaps it's something you need to focus on.
You may be wondering, "Does it really make a difference?" According to research, yes it does. And it may make a really big difference.
A recent study published in Arthritis Care & Research says self-efficacy was the single biggest determinant of:
- Pain intensity
- Physical function
Could your self-efficacy be improved? Learn more about it here: Essential Fibromyalgia Coping Skills.
Has good self-efficacy made a difference for you? Is it something you had to learn? Leave your comments below!