Adrienne Dellwo has a great blog entry about how to prepare ourselves for stressful situations before hand, because any of us who have fibromyalgia knows that stress is enemy number one a LOT of the time. Her entry takes a semi-comical look at taking the kids to Chuck E. Cheese.
"This time was better, though - I went in prepared. Here's what helps me deal with these kinds of situations:
Something to Focus On: I find I can avoid that panicky feeling if I have something to focus on right in front of me. It can be a book, magazine, hand-held video game, whatever. If you're crafty, something like knitting or cross stitch might be good, too."
Read more of her tips on handling stress here.