Stepping forward and trying new fatigue management techniques can be very much like going on a new diet. You study the guidelines, you're excited, it starts off okay and then it becomes harder. You probably even give up. Very few people stick to a diet, or a new regime, unless they see immediate results. The new plan also needs to it fit easily into their current lifestyle.
But most things that actually help relieve and manage fatigue take some time before they work. Not only do the best techniques or regimes take time to show results, but you have to work through the ups & downs, emotional stress and fatigue with faith because in many ways you're retraining your body's response signals.
For instance, last night I had a massage. I used to have them on a regular basis, but I neglected my massage routine for several months. What I realized last night was that my body was relaxed and released all the tension – right away. Not because this was my first massage in a long time, but rather because it was my sixth this month. (I have a massage membership balance to use up.) The first five, were not so relaxing. However, because I stuck with it, my body became familiar with what was expected. Over time it started to work with me rather than fight me. Now my body knows what to do and relaxes right away.
As you begin a new charge to head off your fatigue, it is common to evaluate where you are and where you want to go. If you're like most with long-term fatigue, you just want to be able to function normally (at least more often than you do now). You don't want to feel like everything is a chore. You can continue to drink coffee, eat lots of sugar and even resort to prescription drugs. But all have side-effects. The best thing I have have found is just to focus on being “healthy.” However, this does require some effort on your part, and when you're exhausted, energy for effort is hard to come by. But it's worth it.
How To Have A Fresh Start
Approach natural energy production the same way you do money.
Earn It: You want to eat better and pay more attention to nutrient density. (Cooking your own meals is a great way to get this done.)
Save It: Rest your nervous system. Practice stress-reduction techniques; gentle movement like yoga and stretching, breathing exercises, mediation, etc. And remove as many external and internal stressors as you can.
You want to find ways to move your body more, improve your physical balance and be more flexible.
Grow It: You want to learn how to recognize and to experience more joy, every day. It means, teaching yourself to slow down and appreciate the small things in life that make you smile. Watch a bird outside your window, the crazy antics of a tree squirrel, the frenzied laughter of a group of women sharing lunch together, etc…
It may also mean evaluating your relationships and how you treat others. How do you see the world? Do you automatically get mad when a car pulls in front of you or drives “too slow?” Are you able to work? Are you working in an environment that supports you and understands you needs and allows you to pace yourself?
In order for you to properly mange your fatigue, you want to focus on key areas in life, the essentials. Focus on nutrition, regular physical activity, positive relationships, rewarding career, toxin reduction, and balance self care with your other tasks. This can seem like a lot, but it's not that difficult once you get the hang of it. You just want to recognize the difference between what is important and what appears urgent. Most people respond to ‘urgency,' but rarely does ‘urgent' reflect what is important.
I once was nearly paralyzed on my left side, barely functioned, and was stoned on prescription drugs all the time. The VA wanted me on permanent disability at the age of 39, because I had developed fibromyalgia. I had four young boys in the house and was in a unhappy and non-supportive marriage. If you're anything like me, you're an over achiever. The idea of staying home all day, everyday, freaked me out.
It took that wake up call, work and determination, but today I'm thriving. I still have fibromyalgia, but I'm very active, fully mobile, no chronic fatigue, aches & pains, no brain fog, no digestive issue – I'm more than just functional. I'm full of energy, happy, confident and in better physical and emotional health than most at my age.
As you look at where you are now and where you want to go, just know that it's possible. If I can do it, you can too. If you want my support, post on my Facebook page, send me messages, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or hire me to coach you through it. Just know that it's is possible to feel better. You can be a more confident, functional you, and you don't have to do it alone.
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