When I was first struggling with ME/CFS, summer was a cruel exclamation point on my failure to return to a healthy life. It seemed like an endless time of other peoples’ leisure pursuits that were beyond my participation. Well, the good news is that it’s over. So as others trend back to their regular schedules and plans, it’s a good time for those struggling with ME/CFS to do the same.
As we often hear, same approach, same result. Now is a good time to step back and evaluate your personal approach to dealing with your version of ME/CFS and how it’s been working. For some, the default approach is day-to-day with no formal plan. For others, the approach is more structured. Whatever you’ve been doing, take time to evaluate where you are now compared with three months ago, six months ago or last year at this time. Are you healthier? About the same? Somewhat worse? Have you been consistent with what you want to be doing to manage your ME/CFS? Has your approached worked? Do you need to make changes?
This process can be frustrating or inspirational. For me, honestly, I failed in my first few attempts to shift my approach to ME/CFS. But after a few years of getting absolutely nowhere – actually worse which culminated in a crippling relapse – I had a moment of realization. If I ever wanted to get out of the ME/CFS hole, first I had to build a ladder and then I had to climb it – one rung at a time.
How would you evaluate the approach you’ve been using? What changes are you planning to make? Please COMMENT on this blog or Send in your thoughts and I’ll post them with your permission. You can use the Contact Form or send an email to Martha at DefeatCFS dot net. And Guest Blogs are most welcome!
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Be Well Again,