For someone with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Fibromyalgia, a computer can be an exciting and informative window to the outside world that allows you to transcend your physical limitations.
From your home, even lying on your bed, you can connect with friends and family via Skype or Facebook and find out everything you need to know about recovering from CFS/ME and Fibromyalgia. Speaking for myself, a morning on Skype with my family in Germany is often more fulfilling than hanging out in person with a bunch of friends at a bar here in Davis.
At the same time, computers can suck the life out of us. We have only so much energy in one day and that energy might be drained after 10, 30, or 90 minutes in front of a screen.
One problem is that even when we realize that we’re tired it’s hard to take a break because we are so captivated by the wonders of the world that we can access through our laptop. Yet we need to take a timeout, or else we might burn ourselves out for the rest of the day or even the week.
Stillness buddy can help you benefit from your computer without getting trapped by it.
How Stillness Buddy Works
Stillness Buddy is a piece of software that runs in the background of your computer. Every thirty minutes or however often you indicate in your preferences, it will ask you to take a thirty second pause to check in with yourself and become aware of your body. During the pause it will block your screen to help you let go of what you were doing and display a positive, healing message to help you be in a more relaxed and healing state of mind. It will help you increase your awareness of when it’s time to take a deep, slow breath in or when it’s time to take a longer break from your computer.
Why It Works.
Stillness Buddy works because it is based on the principles of pacing and mindfulness.
These two practices are widely acknowledged to improve conditions such as ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia. The Wikipedia article on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome states, “[T]wo large surveys of patients indicated that pacing is the most helpful intervention, or is considered useful by 96% of participants.”
In a nutshell, pacing, the first underlying principle of Stillness Buddy, means to not spend more energy than we have and to take breaks when we need them. Along the same lines, mindfulness helps you to stay calm and centered and thus make the most of the energy you have any given day. If you think of yourself as a car, pacing would be your fuel stops and mindfulness some awesome technology that increases your gas mileage.
Want to Get Started?
To get started with Stillness Buddy, follow the five simple steps below, and you’ll be off and running (or in this case on your way to being tranquil and relaxed) in less than five minutes.
- Go to stillnessbuddy.com to download your free two-week trial.
- Choose your version of Stillness Buddy. Stillness Buddy comes in several flavors which are distinct in what messages and pictures they show during the mindfulness breaks. During my thirty second breaks, Stillness Buddy displays quotes and exercises from my favorite meditation teacher Thich Nhat Hanh; other versions include instructions on stretching and relaxation exercises.
- Follow the download and installation instructions.
- (Optional) After the installation, you can customize your experience using the preferences of the program if you like. The preset settings are awesome too though.
- Try Stillness Buddy for two weeks and see what you think. After the two-week trial is over, you’ll want to buy the full version for about $18.00 if you’ve become buddies with your new buddy and want his continued support.
What helps you stay energized when you are using your computer? Leave a comment under this post to share your experience. Please also do ask any questions you may have; I’ll be sure to answer.
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© Johannes Starke 2012