10 Steps to Recovery from ME/CFS
Here is a list of steps I have created in a moment of inspiration that you can follow when working towards your recovery from an illness. I followed these steps when recovering from my ME/CFS. My 10 steps to recovery from ME/CFS:
- Accept – stop and accept where you are. You may have to leave your job and be cared for by family. Accept and make peace with your current limitations.
- Look externally – get help and support from the outside world. See a doctor or a therapist.
- Healthy diet – visit a nutritionist and take supplements if necessary to ensure you are getting adequate nutrition to support your body during the illness. Alter your diet to include more fruit and vegetables.
- Look within – look inside of yourself to find out why you are ill and what lesson it has to teach you. Spend quite time alone meditating to connect with yourself.
- Look to the past – what traumas happened in the past that perhaps you have not dealt with? What behaviour patterns did you learn from your parents that perhaps are not serving you well in your life?
- Grieve – spend time grieving the past, then release it and let go. The past is over and you are free now.
- Get back into society – get out and meet people again. Do some volunteering. And if you are ready, look for a job.
- New behaviours – practice new behaviours to replace the old ones that may have made you ill. Think positively to attract good circumstances and people into your life. Practice being grateful for what you have. Think of 3 things to be grateful for every night before you go to bed. It can be as simple as ‘I am grateful to have a comfortable bed to sleep on.’ or ‘I am grateful for the caring and supportive friends and family that I have.’
- Look to the future – where do you want to be in 10 years time? Set goals for yourself. What would you really love to do with your life? Find your passion and take small action steps towards making it a reality. Create a vision board.
- Keep learning – the journey to great health is an ongoing one. Read about health and keep making small changes in your life such as starting to do 15 minutes exercise everyday even if it is just going on a short walk.
I wish you the best in your journey to recovery!
Featured in the September 2014 issue of WDDTY magazine in the article ‘Why ME?’ about my recovery from ME/CFS using diet.
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