The five lessons I learned living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

May 13, 2018

Do you, or someone you know, suffer with a chronic health condition? Struggle to get people to understand what it's like living with it? Perhaps you're looking for motivation to keep going on those really Really REALLY tough days? 

Read on...




Back in 2009, my husband and I had just got onto the property ladder and were enjoying decorating our home. But, as the UK went through a massive recession we both had a lot of uncertainty about our employment, and I found myself catching bug after bug after bug.


Eventually, at the end of December I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue - my immune system was so overwhelmed it had practically shut down.


For the next few years I had to manage my energy levels very carefully, and I am pleased to say (touch wood!) my body is now coping pretty well once again. I’ve successfully returned to full-time employment, had two healthy pregnancies and set up my own business.


Here are my top five lessons I’ve learned about living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:

  1. Pace yourself. When I was at my worst, I was advised to aim for halving the amount of exercise i thought i was capable of. E.g. if i thought i could walk 100m, aim for 50.

  2. Read up on the Spoon Theory. This link shows how the theory works, I can’t improve upon that. Click here to read more

  3. Eat and drink as healthily as you can. Cut down on caffeine and alcohol, as they are stimulants and although you’ll have an initial high from a cup of coffee, the “crash” afterwards will make you feel worse.

  4. Meditate and practice mindfulness - this may help you to manage your pain levels, but most importantly help you realise your own limits, as you’ll be more receptive towards what your body is trying to tell you.

  5. Show compassion for yourself. Try to treat yourself with the best kindness as you can, and say No to commitments when you don’t think you can manage your energy levels

Decluttering is also very important for chronic fatigue sufferers - I discovered decluttering for myself when at my worst, complete with walking stick and working part-time.


I would love to help you declutter your space so that you can focus on your journey to recovery. Why not send me an email by clicking here, or have a look at what decluttering services I can offer by checking out my offers?


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