Chinese food or kale salad? Ice cream sundae or low-cal yogurt? The healthier decision is not always the easiest decision. While dieting and exercise may help to relieve symptoms, having endometriosis should be about finding a balance for your happiness and your health.

There is a constant pressure when it comes to managing pain due to endometriosis. Getting enough sleep, eating well, exercising daily, taking supplements…the list goes on. Although there is a need to find a good balance, it doesn’t always have to be an uphill battle.

Find something you enjoy

Exercising doesn’t have to be brutal. Classes like yoga, Pilates, and Zumba can help relieve stress and provide relief to your symptoms. Find a class you enjoy and make it a habit to go every week. If you prefer a different route, take your dog for a walk in the park or find a new hiking trail. There are plenty of ways to get in your exercise through the week and if you happen to miss a day, it’s okay!

Treat yourself

Eating salads every day can get boring. Mix it up a little! Pinterest is a great resource for finding healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Psst…you can even find a recipe for an amazing Oreo cheesecake. Treat yourself to your favorite meal occasionally.

Relax

Wind down for the day with a good book and hot tea. Taking extra time for yourself can provide much-needed comfort and relaxation. Living with endometriosis is what you make of it and being able to find a good lifestyle balance can make all the difference.

Participation in research

Women’s Health Care Research is looking for women to participate in a research study to evaluate whether an investigational medicine could reduce pain due to endometriosis. Participation in a clinical research is completely voluntary and provides participants with the opportunity to receive cutting-edge treatment options often unavailable outside of a clinical research study.

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