I receive a lot of messages from fellow chronic fatigue syndrome, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome and anxiety sufferers asking ‘what have you found helpful’ and ‘is there anything you can recommend to help me get better.’ So today I thought I would give a quick overview on what I have found helpful. I have tried countless doctors, treatments and therapies over the last few years. But the ones I have found the most helpful are:
- The lightning process (Works retraining on Neural plasticity, Physical Emergency Response, Psychoneuroimmunology)
- Graded exercise therapy
- Finding the right medications for POTS
- Restorative yoga
- Diet – eating protein at every meal for lasting energy, low sugar, wheat and dairy.
Another thing I highly recommend is watching ‘The Connection‘. The documentary explores the latest scientific evidence regarding the link between the mind and the body. It follows numerous successful recovery stories and proves WE have the ability to help ourselves heal.
** Yes all the above have helped me but I realised I often fail to explicitly say: HOPE, FAITH and PERSISTENCE. Of course it’s in the name of my account and my blog, however, sometimes I forget to actually say how much believing in myself and having hope for a better future has been essential to my healing process. Because its not like getting better came easily. Every time I tried a new treatment or help, I usually got knocked down. Things didn’t work as I planned and life could fall into one giant heap if I let it. It was the getting back up again, hoping for a better day that kept me going. But what is hope without having faith that life will get better? One of the things I am proud of in myself is my persistence and not letting all the fails deter me. I won’t be knocked down for long, the more I try and persist the easier things become.
So I say to you, yes outside things have helped in my recovery. However, our mind and body are connected and we should take advantage of that in the best way which is to never give up and never let things get to us. Being sick has helped me realise there’s so much more to life than what’s on the surface and we have to remain strong mentally even if we can’t physically. If we lose hope we lose ourselves. We’ve just got to make the most of what we have.