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With a couple of exceptions, the beauty of many of the approaches outlined in the following pages is that they are useful skills and outlooks to acquire both FOR LIFE, and FOR ANYONE.
If the only motivation for a treatment is the hope of recovery, then we quite rightly stop if we see no improvement in health.
With others, such as
learning to rest , it is easy to see that it is a skill worth gaining and therefore worth persevering.
If your life is lived with the aim of getting better, this is admirable. But if you seek recovery full-time your life is also in a way centred on being ill.
You are in danger of living only for the future - a time of health. And in your darker moments, you doubt this time will even come.
It is a really positive step if, as much as possible, we can also live our life around what we can do now.
It is truly wonderful if we can take a step towards accepting ourselves and our life in this moment.
Spiritual acceptance is especially powerful.
This is not an exhaustive list of what I did to stay alive - not at all. And I initially missed out pacing and switching, so there may be some other obvious omissions.
When you look at this list, it highlights just how many skills you may be acquiring in your journey with mild or severe Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or any other chronic illness. Please stop and congratulate yourself for all you do.
And if it feels like you are not following any of these methods very well, then stop and give yourself credit for following them at all. Well done.
(If you want a break from reading about illness, and feel in need of a little more encouragement, you may enjoy my poem
The Tortoise And The Hare.) When you are learning and growing, you are moving forwards, even if you can't always see it.
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