A Simple Technique to Increase Your Functioning with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Fibromyalgia

Could a simple list help you increase your functioning?

Could a simple list help you increase your functioning?

Have you ever noticed that since you’ve come down with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) or Fibromyalgia (FM), completing even the most mundane tasks, such as making lunch or taking a shower, can overwhelm you and send your mind reeling?

If you have, it’s likely that you suffer from cognitive impairment, one of the most common symptoms in ME / CFS and Fibromyalgia.

But what exactly is going on and—most importantly—what can you do about it?

In this week’s article, I’ll look with you at three common everyday tasks most of us tend to struggle with and show you a simple technique for making them easier.

So that you can succeed at them and many other tasks and ultimately increase your functioning and quality of life.

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/2013/12/14/simple-way-increase-functioning-reduce-stress-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-fibromyalgia/

Warmly,
Johannes

How I jumped out of an airplane to raise funds for ME/CFS research

The JUMP for ME/CFS team

The JUMP for ME/CFS team

The first time it occurred to me that this might have been a bad idea was when my my skydiving-tandem-jumper told me that today was his first day at work, and that he suffered from narcolepsy. Of course I thought he was joking, so I asked him to be serious. He agreed to stop pulling my leg and asked me in a calm voice to have compassion: “Everybody has a first day. Plus, I usually wake up when I jump out of the airplane.”

There the airplane goes

There the airplane goes

How had I gotten into this mess?

Just before May 12, the ME/CFS Awareness Day, I had read on Health Rising about Bob Miller’s skydive in order to raise funds for Simmaron research and awareness for ME/CFS. “I can’t run a marathon or walk 5 miles to raise funds, but I can fall!” I thought it was a great idea, and since the event took place only 50 minutes from Davis, I decided to support him. [Read more…]

How to Evaluate Your Experiment on Improving Your CFS or Fibro

“I think the two hours I spent on that analysis [of my experiment] was the most productive time in my experience with CFS. I haven’t had a relapse since.
~ Bruce Campell

As part of the free e-course I’ve been teaching for twelve weeks now, I’ve published another lesson, called How to Evaluate Your Experiments and Improve Your Health as a Result. In the lesson, you can read about the steps involved in evaluating your experiment and watch an instructional video about it, too.

Specifically, you’ll learn:

  • How to make the time to evaluate your experiment.
  • How to evaluate your experiment to gain great insights into how you can get better (how-to video with real-life example).
  • How to make sure that you’ll benefit from your insights for the rest of your life.

Hop over to the lesson by clicking the link below, and enjoy!
http://cfsrecoveryproject.com/how-to-evaluate-your-experiments/

If you have any questions or thoughts about it, please share them in the comment section below.

How I Regained My Happiness and Health After Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

I have a confession to make: For a long time after getting ill with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome I believed that regaining my happiness and health was impossible.

This suddenly changed, almost to the day three years ago. To inspire you to make 2013 the year in which you regain your happiness, and much of your health, I want to share with you what this pivotal moment was like.

As a 21-year-old, disabled man on January 1st in 2009, I was still desperately sick with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME). There were many things I couldn’t do because of CFS. For example, I couldn’t exercise because exercising exacerbated my fatigue and exhaustion and I was unable to work because working worsened my physical symptoms.

To make matters worse, my mind was as devastated as my body. All I could think about was I was sick. My mind was occupied with thoughts about my digestion, my body, and even my thoughts not working. In short, I felt ill inside and out.

At the beginning of 2009, I tried a video-based DVD program called the Advanced Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Recovery Program by Ashok Gupta. At the time I was very skeptical of mind/body approaches for improving Chronic Fatigue Syndrome—after all it is a physical condition.

My skepticism got dented, however, by a first-hand experience report about the CFS and Fibromyalgia Recovery Program written by Cort Johnson, a trusted reporter in the CFS community.  Still, I believed so little in mind/body approaches that the only reason I bought the program was a 100% money-back guarantee. It stated that I would get my money back if I tried the program for six months and wasn’t satisfied with my results. What did I have to lose! [Read more…]

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