You’ve taken medications to help your body rid itself of viruses, bacteria, balance your hormones, and/or mold.
The doctor says you’re medically well, but you sure don’t feel well.
You’re still wanting to stay in bed to sleep more yet yearn to get back out into the world.
Chronic fatigue isn’t resolved by taking a magic pill, or two or twenty.
One piece of the puzzle has to do with your inner world.
There are three factors that impact your recovery from chronic fatigue. They are:
- State of Your Nervous System
The state of your nervous system is dependent upon whether you feel safe and secure – physically and emotionally.
Anxiety, fear, frustration, worry and irritation send your nervous system into high alert trying to decide to fight, run away, or hunker down.
Down at the cellular level those feelings and excess stress is triggering a maladaptive stress response in your body. Ongoing feelings of anxiety, worry and stress is feeding the maladaptive stress response that ultimately drains and depletes your body of energy.
2. Habitual Personality Patterns
There are five personality patterns that tend to drive the maladaptive stress response – Helper, Achiever, Perfectionist, Anxiety, and Controller. The underlying beliefs under each of these personality patterns are I’m safe when helping others before me, I’m not enough, I’m only safe if I get it right, I can think myself into feeling safe, and I am safe when I’m in control.
Do you identify with one or more of these patterns?
The way you respond to one or more of these tendencies are depleting and draining of energy. The stress, angst, frustration, and anxiety continue feeding the maladaptive stress response that wastes your precious energy.
- Your Emotional Life
Emotions are like food. They need to be digested, processed, and eliminated from the body.
Emotions are biochemical reactions between your mind and body. Allowing yourself to feel those sensations and vibrations lets them dissolve rather than leave a trail of metabolic waste in your body.
Your body is a professional at processing emotions. Overthinking and pushing away uncomfortable sensations are problematic because it makes everything worse.
What you think creates your feelings.
Likewise, what you feel creates thoughts.
The feeling of safety exists in the body and the mind.
Thoughts and feelings you choose to accept switches the maladaptive stress response on or off.
The more emotionally safe you feel, the quieter and calmer your mind becomes, the more your body is in a healing state.
Cultivating useful thoughts and feeling your emotions invites safety and switching off the maladaptive stress response so your body starts healing.