ASD And Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – Part 2
Hello, and welcome to part 2 of ASD and chronic fatigue syndrome. Last week I shared the very first steps that kick started my journey toward recovery from this debilitating and invisible illness. Getting more sunshine, listening to happy music and smoothie making definitely gets the ball rolling in the right direction for us. So, what’s next?
Take It Easy – Don’t Crash – Pace Yourself (Step 3)
Sounds easy but, if You are anything like me you want everything done yesterday. You see all the things that need doing and you get stuck in. Then, what usually happens is we over exert and find we can’t get up from the bed or chair – this is called crashing, which I have an example of in this blog. This kind of thinking, or way of being, needs to change if we are to get well again.
“Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein.
When our energy begins to improve we naturally want to do more, which is great but, take it slow. You are You are best judge. A general rule to follow is to do half what you once did, even if you feel you can do it all. We call this ‘Pacing’. On the other hand do not worry if you crash, as this is a way of testing your are limits. Remember, Your ability to do all the things you have done in the past will return, just be patient. Take things one moment at a time.
Meditation (Step 4)
We have already established the negative effects” stress and anxiety have both physically, mentally and emotionally through constant processing of people, situations and ‘normal’ everyday life. Healthy food, hydration, sunshine, happy music and pacing will only take us so far. We must make sure we don’t slip back into old negative thinking patterns that do not serve us.
Calming and strengthening our minds through meditation is a powerful tool, one that, unfortunately, most people miss or ignore. Being in a constant state of haste, even if you are not physically ‘doing’ much can drain our valuable energy. Chronic fatigue syndrome takes more than just our energy, it depletes us of dreams and ambitions leaving us feeling hopeless, worthless and empty. And, as you know, when you have ASD these feelings are intensified 10 fold.
Through regular meditation practice we can alleviate the negative effects’ stress and anxiety has on our bodies and mind without using up valuable energy. In fact, we gain energy through regular practice. And, the assumption that one needs to meditate for hours on end to reap any benefit is a myth. Benefits can be noticed doing minutes at a time, preferably first thing in the morning and last thing before sleep. This way we start and end our day well with good intentions.
ASD, Relationships And Meditation
For someone on the autism spectrum relationships can be extremely difficult and tiring. Our minds are constantly on the go, analyzing, scrutinizing and questioning everything we/they say do and think all day long; draining to say the least. Even a slight disagreement can lead to becoming overwhelmed with all kinds of emotions to the point we go into meltdown.
This intense expression of emotion leaves us exhausted. We simply cannot cope with the surge of emotions presented. We need to step back and take the time to process what has happened, and we also need the space to do so.
Training our minds to be calm through meditation changes how we respond to the world and those nearest and dearest to us. It opens doors we never knew existed and helps us feel connected to our loved ones. With daily practice it can reduce the risk of overwhelm caused by processing interactions with those we love and weaken the severity of the meltdowns we experience.
The Best Approach To Meditations
Listening to guided meditations and positive affirmations can really help get us in the zone. All we need to do is get comfortable, either lay down or sit upright with your back straight, turn on the guided meditation of your choice and focus on the person speaking. This will fast track your progress and takes the stress out of ‘learning’ how to meditate.
Imagine A World Without Meltdowns
Imagine a world where you are able to manage or eliminate stress and anxiety to the point overwhelm and meltdowns were no more. Meditation helps keep us in the present moment, just like the calm in the eye of the storm. Remember when we are at peace within ourselves the world around us is easier to manage. You just have to believe you can do it , and never give up.
To give yourself the best chance of a full recovery from chronic fatigue syndrome, remember to take it slow, pace yourself and slowly increase the amount you do overtime. You will be amazed how quickly things turn around. Meditation can massively help recovery from chronic fatigue syndrome by relieving stress and anxiety.
It has been scientifically proven to change the very structure of our brain, creating new pathways, breaking us free from old limiting beliefs, dissolving stress and anxiety. And, in the book “Your Symptoms Are Real” by Dr. Benjamin H. Natelson, he says that when recovering from CFS we must not only manage the physical aspects of our illness, we must manage our state of mind as it counts for up to 50% of the battle.
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