Hypermobility | The Line Method

June 24, 2024

Living with hypermobility syndrome can be exhausting. I know firsthand how draining it can be to navigate daily activities while dealing with chronic pain and joint instability. Fatigue often feels like a constant companion, making it hard to keep up with the demands of life. But over time, I’ve discovered some strategies that have helped me manage and eventually overcome fatigue. I hope these tips can help you find more energy and balance in your daily life.

My name is Eva Meier. I am the Founder of The Line Method, and a hypermobility fitness specialist. I have been working with hypermobile individuals (or as I like to say, bendy babes) for over 5 years using techniques and methods that I’ve developed to assist in my own journey, as well as theirs. I take an approach to fitness that incorporates physical, mental, and emotional wellness. And today, I want to dive into the physical by discussing some strategies on how to manage chronic fatigue caused by hypermobility spectrum disorder. 

One of the most important things I’ve learned is the magic of learning how to pace myself. It’s tempting to try to get everything done on good days, but that often leads to burnout. Instead, I spread out tasks and take regular breaks. This is particularly true for me when it comes to running my business. For years, I struggled with pacing myself and just wanting to get everything done all at once. But that very quickly led to me burning out and realizing I wasn’t operating at a sustainable cadence. By pacing myself, I can conserve energy and avoid overexertion, which is especially crucial for those of us with hypermobility disorder.

Sleep is another critical factor in managing fatigue. I’ll admit that I’m one of those fortunate people that’s never had much trouble sleeping. That said, I think my sleep habits help ensure that this stays the case. I go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends. I have a calming bedtime routine, where I do my absolute best not to “doom scroll” on social media, but instead listen to a meditation or ASMR to help me relax. I also wear blue-light glasses if I use my phone right before bed. Quality sleep can be elusive for hypermobile individuals. Fortunately, these habits have helped me get the rest that I need and I hope they work for you too. 

Diet and hydration also play significant roles in how to have more energy everyday. I noticed that eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, proteins, and healthy fats gives me more sustained energy. Staying hydrated is equally important. Dehydration can worsen fatigue and exacerbate the discomfort often experienced by those who are double jointed. In fact, I vividly feel it when I’m not hydrated enough.  I often use electrolyte drops in my water throughout the day to ensure I’m finding balance and keeping it.

Incorporating gentle exercise into my routine has been beneficial, too. While it might seem counterintuitive when you’re already tired, low-impact activities like walking and stretching can actually boost energy levels. These activities help increase circulation and release endorphins, which improve both my physical and mental state. The key is to choose exercises that are manageable and enjoyable, so they don’t feel like a chore. For those of us who are double-jointed, it’s important to select exercises that also support joint stability. On days when I’m fatigued, I typically opt for things I can do laying on the ground. (I have occasionally fallen asleep mid-exercise.)

Mental fatigue is just as real as physical fatigue, and managing stress is crucial. I’ve found that mindfulness practices, like meditation and deep breathing exercises, help reduce stress and improve my overall well-being. Taking a few minutes each day to sit quietly and focus on my breath can make a significant difference in how I feel. Additionally, engaging in activities that bring me joy and relaxation, such as reading, listening to music, or spending time walking around the city, helps recharge my mental batteries. As someone with hypermobility syndrome, finding balance in daily activities prevents both mental and physical exhaustion. 

Lastly, seeking support from others is invaluable. Connecting with people who understand what I’m going through, whether it’s friends, other bendy babes, or my husband, provides emotional relief and practical advice. Sharing experiences and coping strategies with others who have hypermobility disorder can be incredibly validating and motivating. It reminds me that I’m not alone in this journey.

Overcoming fatigue with hypermobility spectrum disorder is an ongoing process, but with the right strategies, it’s possible to have more energy and find joy in everyday life. By pacing myself, prioritizing sleep, eating well, staying hydrated, exercising gently, managing stress, and seeking support, I’ve been able to improve my quality of life. Remember, every small step you take towards managing fatigue can make a big difference. Keep experimenting with what works best for you, and don’t be afraid to ask for help along the way.

June 21, 2024

Living with hypermobility syndrome can often feel like an uphill battle. Some days, I’ll feel so unstable that just getting out of bed seems like a monumental task. Other days, I worry about subluxing a joint during the simplest activities. Being hypermobile is challenging because it often leads to chronic pain, frequent injuries, and the constant need to be cautious with every movement. It’s not easy, and sometimes it feels downright impossible.

But I’ve discovered that one of the most powerful tools I have to manage my hypermobility disorder is my mindset. Positive thinking has become my lifeline, and in this blog, I want to share how having a positive mindset can help you too.

Hi, my name is Eva Meier. I am the Founder of The Line Method, and a hypermobility fitness specialist. I have been working with hypermobile individuals (or as I like to say, Bendy Babes) for over 5 years using techniques and methods that I’ve developed to assist in my own journey, as well as theirs. I take an approach to fitness that incorporates physical, mental, and emotional wellness. And today, I want to dive into the mental piece by discussing the power of positive thinking and how I’ve used this approach to help build my resilience.

I remember when I first started focusing on positive thinking. At first, it felt like I was just trying to fool myself into feeling better.  But over time, I realized that it wasn’t about ignoring the pain of having hypermobile joints or pretending everything was perfect. It was about shifting my focus to what I could control and finding joy in small victories. This shift made a huge difference in how I experienced my daily life with hypermobility.

One of the key benefits I’ve found is that positive thinking helps me build resilience. When pain flares up or I face a setback, I try to see it as a challenge rather than a defeat. This doesn’t mean I don’t have bad days—I do. But by viewing these challenges through a lens of positivity, I find the strength to keep going. Resilience is like any other muscle; the more you use it, the stronger it gets.

Another way positive thinking has helped me is by making me more adaptable. Living with hypermobility means constantly adjusting my activities and plans. Instead of feeling frustrated by these changes, I try to see them as opportunities to discover new ways of doing things. For instance, I used to only do heavy weightlifting. I was under the impression that it would make me stronger and ultimately “heal me.” But more often than not, I walked away from those workouts feeling worse off and very fatigued.

It took some time, but I eventually figured out that low-impact, moderate weight lifting is what actually helped me feel stronger. I could stay active without putting too much strain on my joints. So rather than telling myself “You’re weak for not doing more,” instead I learned to tell myself “You’re doing something healthy that keeps you strong.”  Adapting to new activities has not only kept me physically healthy but it’s taught me that rolling with the punches goes a lot further than trying to force my body into a situation that clearly isn’t working.

Stress management is another crucial aspect where positive thinking plays a role. Chronic conditions like hypermobility spectrum disorder come with a lot of stress and anxiety. I’ve found that practices like mindfulness and meditation can be incredibly calming. Taking a few minutes each day to breathe deeply and center my thoughts helps reduce the mental strain of living with hypermobility syndrome. Now I know, I know… deep breathing isn’t a cure-all. But try keeping this in mind when you sit down to do breathwork – breathing deeply isn’t going to change your thoughts. But it will give a few moments to figure out if those thoughts are worth holding onto.

Gratitude has also become a cornerstone of my positive thinking practice. Recently I’ve taken to jotting down a few things I’m grateful for. Sometimes it’s something big, like a supportive friend, and other times it’s something small, like a good book. But it’s always something different. This simple practice helps me focus on the positive aspects of my life, even when the day has been tough. It gives me a positive mindset – learning to shift from what’s wrong to what’s right, and that makes a huge difference.

Lastly, surrounding myself with positivity has been transformative. I seek out people who uplift and support me. Whether it’s family, my husband, or a business advisor, being around positive influences helps reinforce my own positive thinking. Engaging in activities that bring me joy—like taking walks or listening to music—also boosts my mood and makes it easier to stay positive.

Positive thinking is not a magic cure for hypermobility disorders, but it’s a powerful tool that can make a significant difference. By focusing on resilience, adaptability, stress management, gratitude, and surrounding yourself with positivity, you can improve your quality of life. Embrace these practices, and you’ll find that your mental resilience can improve. If you learn how to be more positive, living with hypermobility spectrum disorder becomes a bit more manageable, and maybe even a bit more joyful.