Prior to my struggle with ME/CFS, I was a type A on steroids. It was instinctual with me to solve problems by throwing myself into them with everything I had. I didn’t learn this from those around me. Somehow, I was programmed that way. And with every success, it
only reinforced the method. So as I first struggled with ME/CFS, my immediate instinct was to push through it. And as you all know from your own experiences, this approach completely failed me. While my body was desperately calling for rest, my brain pumped out something that enabled me to push the pace. I reminds me of the impossibly heavy objects that people are able to lift in emergencies. And of course, it was unsustainable. My body finally crashed hard and my brain was forced to relent. Unfortunately this happened more times than I’d like to admit.
So yes, listen to your body’s instincts: Exhaustion, cravings, pain, confusion, etc. and heed the messages. My one caveat is to be careful to filter the messages through the logical part of your brain and ignore the frantic, desperate voice. Even a healthy person can’t lift a car every day. What are your instincts telling you? What messages do you heed in order to recover from ME/CFS?
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Be Well Again,