Feeling Overwhelm, Resistance, or Listlessness? Try This.

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Discover why you feel overwhelmed and learn a technique to get in the flow.

Do you ever feel resistant and overwhelmed in response to some everyday needs or tasks such as:

Part of it is that the flu-like symptoms and brain fog of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) or Fibromyalgia (FM) make any seemingly easy task more difficult. Another part of it—the part I want to offer some help for in this article—is that the brains of people with ME/CFS or FM work differently from those of healthy people.

Let me first share with you how scientific findings in ME/CFS and FM explain why we feel easily listless and overwhelmed. Then, in the next section, I will share with you a way of working around your brain handicaps. This has worked for me and others.

My article was published as a guest post on one of my favorite blogs, “Health Rising.” Click here to read the article:

http://www.cortjohnson.org/blog/2014/06/30/combating-overwhelm-fibromyalgia-chronic-fatigue-syndrome/

Warmly,
Johannes

New Insights into How to Benefit from Exercise when you have ME/CFS

Learn how to exercise without worsening your symptoms.

Learn how to exercise without worsening your symptoms.

Exercising in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) is a delicate matter. If you push yourself beyond your boundaries or engage in the wrong types of exercise, it can make you worse. If you do it right, however, it becomes an essential piece of you reaching your optimum health.

“It is very important for my patients to know how to approach exercise in a safe way…. if they don’t exercise, they will only get worse.” ~ Dr. Nancy Klimas

Recently I visited the IACFS/ME, the world’s largest conference on ME/CFS, and attended a workshop by exercise physiologist Stacy Stevens, MA, who was the first researcher to study a way of exercising that is safe and effective for people with ME/CFS. Stevens has dedicated the last twenty-five years of her career to exploring what causes post-exertional malaise in ME/CFS and what type of safe exercises people with the condition can engage in to avoid worsened symptoms after exercise. Inspired by what I learned in her workshop, I completely updated my free e-course lesson on How to Benefit from Exercise When You Have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS).

The updates on how to exercise safely and effectively [Read more…]

How to Let Go of Anger (and Regret) –
And Why It’s Important in ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia

Sometimes feel angry? Learn how to reduce your symptoms by letting go of it.

Sometimes feel angry? Learn how to feel better (and likely reduce your symptoms along the way).

Andrew, an airline pilot, was troubled by anger and regret when he thought about how his company had let him down when he had gotten sick with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME / CFS).

Even though he loved his job and did his very best to excel in it, he had always needed to take slightly more sick days than his colleagues. Sometimes, due to jet-lag, he hadn’t been able to sleep the night before a flight and had therefore felt too tired to safely fly his passenger airplane. His company, instead of supporting him in flying only when he felt well and rested, had put pressure on him and treated him with disrespect.

With pain and indignation, Andrew still remembered his boss’ face when he had been ordered into his office and spoken to as if he were a child.  “How can my boss talk to me like that?” Andrew said visibly shaken during one of our coaching sessions.

This painful memory still kept Andrew awake at night—not only because the associated emotion was very intense, but also because his sensitivity to stress had increased since he had come down with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (as is common in ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia).

How Andrew let go of his hurt and anger

To help Andrew sleep better, we looked at ways for him to let go of the painful memory and move on. We settled on a technique inspired by a process called “The Work” from world-renowned therapist and healer Byron Katie.

Let me walk you through the five steps of this technique (10-20min), so that you, too, can use it to let go of old feelings, memories, and thoughts that no longer serve you. [Read more…]

How Rosalie Cleared Her Mind of Worries

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How to dissipate worries?

When Rosalie spoke to her sister over the phone, their conversation worried her deeply. Her sister had come down with symptoms that could very well turn out to be Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS).

Anyone would get worried if a loved one came down with severe and debilitating symptoms with an unknown cause, but for Rosalie the situation was especially peculiar. She had been sick with ME / CFS since her mid-teens and only recently gotten well for an extended period of time for the first time in her life. She knew firsthand some of what her sister was going through

Rosalie decided to move back home for a while to support her sister, even though she knew that this meant she’d have to face the ghosts from her past, the memories of her own being sick at her parents’ house. Although Rosalie’s parents were always very loving, it had been difficult for them all to navigate her unknown and, at the time, misunderstood illness.

What helped Rosalie to cope?

[Read more…]

How to Enjoy a Vacation Even Though You Have ME / CFS or Fibromyalgia

Seven tips for how to make the most of a vacation -- despite your limitations

Seven tips for how to make the most of a vacation — despite your limitations

Did you go on a vacation this summer?

If yes, how was it?

The reason I’m asking is that it’s likely that some things were great, but other things might have been challenging. Life with ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia isn’t always easy, and going on vacation is no exception.

And when is a better time to ensure that next year’s vacation will be even better than this year’s? Right now, when your memories are still fresh!

Let’s take a moment to reflect then.

First, I’ll share with you seven easy-to-use tips I’ve gathered from my coaching clients’ and my own experiences over this past summer. [Read more…]

Will This High-Tech, Low-Cost Solution Alleviate Your Sleep Problems?

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CFS specialists agree that sleep is THE most important symptom to address.

~Charles W. Lapp, M.D., Director of the Hunter-Hopkins Center in Charlotte

Do you have sleep problems?

If yes, then you could possibly improve many of your symptoms just by improving that one symptom.

But how do you go about it?

That’s what I’ll walk you through in my latest Guest Post on health rising.

Click the link below to access the article!
http://www.cortjohnson.org/blog/2013/09/20/high-tech-low-cost-path-better-sleep-me-cfs-fibromyalgia

Will this New, Low-Cost Technology Change the Way You Manage Your ME/CFS or Fibromyalgia?

I’d like to share with you my latest Health Rising blog, which is about an idea that I believe could drastically improve your life with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Fibromyalgia.

Learn about the many ways a smartphone can help you improve your health and life.

Learn about the many ways a smartphone can help you improve your health and life.

The blog is about smartphones and how they can be used to help you improve your health and life.

Just thinking of smartphones might produce feelings of overwhelm and resistance in you. While I concede that it takes a small upfront investment of time and energy to get used to them, the reward of successfully leveraging them is unbelievably powerful.

Another thing you might be worried about is the cost of a smartphone. Unbelievably, smartphones have gotten so cheap these days that you can get a perfectly adequate smart phone for less than $70 and no recurring monthly fees (shopping guide is included in the article).

Please have a look at all the wonderful ways in which a smartphone could help you improve your health and life and  then judge for yourself whether you want to take the leap into a new age of improved health and more control over your life.

Read the article here:
http://www.cortjohnson.org/blog/2013/08/27/can-a-smartphone-help-you-overcome-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-or-fibromyalgia-the-ultimate-guide/

P.S.
My new wise-investment guarantee individual coaching program turned out to be even more popular than I had hoped. I invite you to have a look at it here and apply today by filling in the form at the bottom of that page if you are interested in the last remaining spot.

How to Turn Frustration about Missing out into Healing Happiness

Do you ever feel sadness or even bitterness about all the things you cannot do at this time?

Then this week’s CFS Recovery project video blog is for you. Learn how to let go of sadness and frustration about the life you can no longer lead (for now).

P.S.

To help you get your life back and reach your optimum level of health as quickly as possible, I’ve designed a new coaching program that comes with a wise investment guarantee. Have a look if you think that you might benefit from 1-to-1 support but were concerned about making the investment in your health and happiness!

How I Regained my Ability to Exercise Three Years into Having Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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Discover how I regained my ability to exercise, even though I never thought it possible.

Please note that the type of exercise I describe in this article was not GET, which can easily harm your health if you have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS). I always stayed within my safe exercise limits, which meant that I avoided triggering post-exertional malaise.

While exercising without triggering post-exertional malaise is a crucial element of managing ME/CFS well, exercising the wrong way can be harmful. Read this article for inspiration only and the free e-course lesson to learn how to find the level of exercise that’s appropriate and safe for your unique situation.

For many, post-exertional malaise is one of the most debilitating symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It surely was for me: when I was at my worst, even short walks exacerbated my symptoms for days to come.

When, shortly after starting to practice the amygdala retraining techniques and implementing essential lessons of overcoming Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, my brainfog, mood, and mental stamina improved, my ability to exercise still lagged behind.

It made sense to me: Sure, calming down my nervous system through the Amygdala Retraining Program could make me feel better, but how could it possibly help my body heal on a physical level?

The first Breakthrough

To make my exercise breakthrough possible in 2010, a great deal of coaxing from my love, Erin, was needed. I was hesitant to give exercise another try, as I had failed at it many times during the previous three years since I had gotten ill. [Read more…]

Two of my best articles …

Health-risingwere published as guest posts on Health Rising, the website of my favorite Chronic Fatigue Syndrome journalist Cort Johnson. I’m sharing them with you below in the hope that you will benefit from reading them:

How to Infuse Joy into Your Daily Routines When You Have ME/CFS or Fibromyalgia (inspired a lively discussion—over 50 comments)

7 Ways to Stop the Internet from Aggravating Your Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) and FM Symptoms (went viral—over 200 facebook likes)

As always, I welcome you to share your thoughts and questions in the comments section underneath each article.

p.s. Last month, Ashok Gupta, creator of the Advanced ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia Recovery Program invited me to become the official U.S. coach for his program. I was very pleased; I admire Ashok’s high-quality work and love his way of giving people risk-free access to his programs. Ashok is also the guy who helped me originally get better.

Prior to my official initiation as a coach, I had already received supervision from one of their most experienced practitioners and have participated in their intervision calls since October last year. I’m happy to be an official coach now and look forward to supporting you in getting the most out of the Gupta Amygdala Retraining Programme. [Read more…]

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