My latest health flare lasted for almost four years. I believe that this is due to a variety of reasons, including the stress of working through trauma, triggers in my life, abusive people in my life, the stress of trying to leave AA, victim blaming, dealing with my cats’ illnesses, and a lack of sleep and rest. Since I went on Seroquel a few weeks ago I have begun sleeping soundly again for the first time in years, and feel like I am able to relax due to the combination of this medication with Ritalin and Clonidine. Because of this, it appears that I am beginning to bounce back from my health issues for the first time in years.
On Saturday I began to exercise again. I went on our stationary bike for 7 minutes. This doesn’t seem like a lot, but when you have chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia it is important to start out slow and work your way up to your goal. Depending on how serious a flare up has been, and how long it’s lasted, I usually start off at doing anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes of aerobic exercise every other day and then increase my time by 10% a week. This seems to work well for me and tends to lift me out of health lows if I am also getting rest.
I also have decided to do Yoga every other day as well. I got into Yoga a couple of months ago and wasn’t able to keep it up because I overdid it. This time, then, I’m going to do shorter videos. Yesterday I did a 13 minute video of gentle Yoga.
I’m also going to start playing music again (ukulele, singing, and the harp) and again start off at small amounts of time and work my way up. I also want to start reading again.
It can be really hard to get over prolonged health flares, but I’ve done it before and can do it again. I’ve been working on self care and pacing myself ever since I came down with chronic fatigue in 2009.
I definitely have hope for myself that I can live a full life again despite my health issues. I’m also proud of myself for how far I have come in my healing process. It’s been difficult, yet I persevered. I’m glad that I did it and that I’m continuing to heal from the hardships that I’ve had in life.
Thanks for reading! I hope that you are doing well.