The single most asked question which anyone with a chronic condition has is… What do I need to do to heal my-self? Well, my go-to self-help technique is a great big “Secret” But a mindset that we all can benefit from.
I often notice that when I am feeling happy and content my symptoms of tiredness or pain are very much eased. I’m very aware that happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being, and that we should not allow outside forces to dampen our spirit and get us down. However, there are some of us who really seem to feel the effects of a persons positive and negative energy more than others. Call it what you like, at the end of the day dumping negative emotions upon another is extremely draining.
Boundaries – If you want to begin a recovery process, you need to start taking responsibility and care of your own emotional well-being first. establishing healthy emotional boundaries may be tricky, and often, more so where family are concerned as demands can be difficult to dismiss, but it is possible with a few tricks up your sleeve.
Protect yourself from other peoples stuff and reacting to others energies – Do you find your body tenses up, or your breathing becomes shallow. do you feel trapped. Find yourself a safe space to retreat, somewhere that you can take a break from the negative energy. Practicing mindfulness and meditation, or visualize a protective shield around yourself are methods that can help restore your balance. If you’ve not used mindfulness or meditation techniques before there are tonnes of sites online or YouTube which you can try, or try find a local group. Remember that what one person enjoys may not appeal to you, try a few until you find the one which speaks to you best. When your feeling overwhelmed remember to breathe. don’t try force the breath or change it, just focus on your breathing with your ind and allow it to “settle”. You may begin to notice your breath is high in your chest – aim to move your breath lower in your body, to under your belly is a good analogy, allowing for a gently rise and fall as you breath, rising on the inhalation and falling back on the exhalation. Focusing on your breath helps centers you and you can practice this anywhere at anytime. Sit quietly, use this time to focus your attention on where you want to be. Imagine yourself healed, see yourself doing the things you love to do. Really feel yourself doing these wonderful things. Dream yourself there. What you dream now can once again become your reality. Do this simple exercise over and over – again and again. “Set a goal so BIG that if you ever achieved it it would BLOW your mind”
I have wonderfully long list of simple ideas you can begin implementing to help raise your energy for better healing. Along with these i’ll share my hints and tips you can use yourself and begin strengthening your body and mind from the inside out. After-all, Health and Happiness is an inside job! I’ll follow up with these in future blogs, all of which have worked extremely well for me.
So have you guessed it yet – What is this “Secret” she mentioned earlier? The very first thing I did to begin my own healing journey was to watch “The Secret“. I’ve been a fan of this movie since 1996 and I knew that if anything was going to help me to focus on my dream and get my life back it was this! You can find “The Secret”, on YouTube or grab yourself the DVD Amazon. Or have you a friend who keeps telling you to watch The Secret? Ask them for a borrow – You won’t regret it. I keep two copies of The Secret at home, if one copy is out on lend, or I didn’t get one back, I still want to be able to go to it when I feel the need for a mood-boost. Watch the movie a couple of times at first, every time I watch The Secret i’m amazed to see something I missed before.
Here’s a link I found for The Secret on YouTube; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27OhNNmf1XE&t=9s
I became ill with CFS New Years Eve 2012. CFS (Chronic fatigue Syndrome) often also referred to as ME, Yuppie Flu or Post Viral Fatigue. CFS today, for some is still thought of as an “In your head” condition by many, and was even dismissed six months down the line as “Are you sure you don’t just have the flu?” by one doctor I spoke with. Well… I can assure you, if you are struggling with this horrendous condition, CFS is not in your head. The many differentiation symptoms of this condition can baffle the best of us, but to be dismissed by the very people we crawl to for help has to be the biggest blow. These cruel words were the slap in the face I needed to do my own recovery research. My CFS recovery has been a hard learning curve for me. I used to enjoy pushing by body to it’s edge where exercise and training were concerned. Ha – I certainly managed that! I also felt that I needed to look the part and so I justified my calorie deficit with exercise, constantly trying to balance one out with the other. Long runs followed later by kettlebells, resistance training followed by Spinning. My own fitness training goals and teaching classes with little or no rest between each other, coupled with what I felt was just enough calories to fuel my energy requirements was eventually taking it’s toll on my body. Yep, OK, so I looked great on the outside, but on the inside I couldn’t see the long term damage. My long runs were getting harder, my recovery was taking longer. My hair was thinning and my nails brittle. The signs were there yet my goal to be fit, strong and lean were blinding me from the obvious, my health was suffering. This coupled with one or two stresses on my mind that troubled me deeply were overloading my adrenal system, my cortisol levels must have been all over the place. Then follow these with the flu I couldn’t get over, The flu was eventually the straw which broke the camels back and BOOM. My whole system had broken. It felt like my body was a car where the signals weren’t firing correctly and it couldn’t find how to restart itself again. Pain like you couldn’t imagine, weakness where even my eyelids were too much to hold open. I had no idea what was going on. I absolutely was terrified, but I didn’t have the energy to cry.
My recovery journey from CFS took hours of research. Trial and error. Success and setbacks. Tears of frustration and tears of joy. And in the end, sheer bloody-minded determination to make the positive changes I needed to heal myself. Healing my-self inside and out from the crippling effects of Chronic Fatigue eventually paid off. I am back. I’m back where I love being – Living a positive life with family and friends. And back to my love of teaching fitness, helping others achieve success.
I want to share my positive recovery story with you. If you are struggling I want you to know, you are not alone. I am a CFS Warrior – I have walked the path and I have recovered. I have experienced the highs and lows. I have learned a lot from my own recovery, and I am ready to share it with you so you can heal too
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