Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a challenge. The diagnosis changes your life in many ways, and at times you might feel helpless. It can feel like you’re on a rollercoaster—sometimes feeling like yourself and sometimes feeling the weight of the condition in full force. There might be times when you aren’t able to get out of bed or complete simple tasks like taking a shower. However, adopting certain strategies can help you start living again.
If you want to get back to your life, try these four tips for living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Create a Daily Routine for Off Days
During a fatigue relapse, adding extra time between tasks and activities can help you make it through each day. If you have things to complete on your list that you don’t like doing or that give you difficulty, make sure that you have time to prepare yourself mentally and physically before you start.
On the other hand, if you’re feeling well enough to take on the world—in other words, if you are in a period of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome remission—you shouldn’t try to overdo it. Exerting too much effort can trigger a relapse.
While it’s critical that you pace yourself on good days, exercising a few times per week will also help keep you strong and fit. Start slow and gradually work your way into a more strenuous exercise routine. Low-impact exercise is best—start with stretching and exercises that only use your body weight for resistance.
Write It Down
One of the symptoms that many people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome experience can make keeping a routine nearly impossible—memory loss. Use a day planner or a phone app to write down all that you need to complete during the day and throughout each week.
Nutrition and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
As with all things in health, what you put into your body can hurt you and make your symptoms worse. Avoid any foods that you are sensitive to (and write these foods down so you can remember them later). Keep your portions small and eat several meals throughout the day. With this rule, even if you eat something that affects your condition, you might avoid feeling the full effects.
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