Why Making A Different Type Of Resolution This New Year Is Important
Before chronic fatigue syndrome the New Year was always a time when I’d set my resolutions for the coming year. With a new notebook I’d start to jot down what I wanted to achieve during the coming year.
My list of resolutions was typically pretty long and usually included ‘A Type Personality’ stuff like:
- Lose lots of weight.
- Get Fitter and work out more often.
- Save money for some item I felt I really really needed (read ‘wanted’).
- Complete a professional goal or challenge to further climb the ladder.
- Work harder.
My New Year resolution list was always about pushing and shoving to attain or achieve something.
But with chronic fatigue syndrome my resolution list changed, mainly because I was no longer able to exercise, work long hours or earn the income I was previously capable of.
Those behavior patterns were what led me to my time suffering chronic fatigue syndrome. So it was time to really let them go.
If you have chronic fatigue syndrome, it’s likely you may not feel like you have the energy to even think about making any New Year resolutions at all.
However, you can still do it, just ease up on the number of resolutions on your list, make it short and sweet. And change the focus of your resolutions to your health rather than the hard charging type you normally include on your list. Make sure your resolutions are firmly based on self care.
Self Care is a bit of a buzz word at the moment, but it’s very relevant for anyone suffering with chronic fatigue syndrome. Now more than ever, you need to practice self care to manage your current energy expenditure and take responsibility into your own hands to finally get well.
Perhaps you no longer have enough energy to ring in the New Year with a big noisy and boisterous party. But you can still celebrate the start of the New Year in a quiet and reflective way, looking forward with renewed positivity to changes the coming year can bring for your health.
How To Make New Year Great With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Use this time of year as a chance to review your current health situation and make a different type of resolution for the coming year. Here are some suggestions for making sure you get this year off to a great start even with chronic fatigue syndrome.
Resolution # 1 – Decide To Accept Your Current Health Condition
Accepting you have an illness can be a major turning point to both accepting you are sick and realizing you need to do something about getting better.
Whether you’re newly diagnosed, or have been sick for some time fighting against accepting your illness is futile. Until you find acceptance for your current situation, it’s difficult to make a plan to get better.
There’s no point getting frustrated with your current health condition. It might be that you’ve reached the point were you know that you can no longer work full time. Your health may have declined to the point were you realize things need to change.
Part-time work could be an option for you and a frank conversation with your employer could be on the cards. Or a change to another way of working and earning income could be helpful.
You may need to ask for help from your family to complete household chores and set up a roster for family members so they can take some of the household burden from you.
It can be very difficult to accept that things need to change in your life. However by accepting your current health condition you can then start restructuring your daily life to better suit your current level of energy for the year ahead.
Resolution # 2 – Give In To Crashes When They Happen
It’s an unfortunate fact that crashes are pretty much inevitable. When you push yourself outside of your energy envelope and you experience a crash, allow yourself to give in to the crash.
Rest completely until you recover your energy. You may have been telling yourself to ‘push through’, but this is the wrong action to take.
Load up your Kindle with some light reading, make yourself comfortable in bed or on the sofa and do nothing but REST. I always found this the quickest way to recover enough energy to function semi normally again.
Resolution # 3 – Believe You Can Get Better
I recovered from chronic fatigue syndrome using natural therapies and so can you. However, the right positive mindset is important to enable recovery to happen.
When you are suffering and in the midst of yet another major crash and your energy is low, it’s difficult to be positive.
But it is important to hold on to the belief that you can get better and ultimately recover. Each small setback is just that – a setback. The road to recovery can be long but you can get there.
If you like to meditate, use this time to tune in to this positive belief. Guided healing meditations can be very helpful. Or write some positive affirmations and stick them on your fridge, your bathroom mirror, kitchen cabinets, or wherever you’ll see them regularly.
Resolution # 4 – Take Steps To Find The Right Health Professional
I think it’s unlikely that you can recover completely on your own. Recovery requires that you get to the root of what is causing your particular form of chronic fatigue syndrome. The cause of chronic fatigue syndrome is different for everyone.
An experienced professional naturopath or functional medicine practitioner can guide you through the process.
Firstly they’ll take a complete medical history. Then by carrying out various testing you’ll find out what is causing your illness.
However, patience and perseverance is needed as it can take quite some time to complete tests. Once they have helped you discover the reason for your chronic fatigue syndrome, they will then formulate a plan to help you recover.
Many health professionals can arrange consultations by Skype if you are unable to visit their office. Make this year the one were you will seek out the right help to get you on the road to recovery.
Putting It All Together
Give that long list of “A Type Personality” New Year Resolutions the flick. Focus on gentler resolutions that are manageable within your current available energy.
I’d love to hear what some of your New Year Resolutions are for managing your chronic fatigue syndrome in the coming year, so please leave a comment below.