Maslow’s hierarchy proposes the theory that people are motivated to meet their needs in order to thrive, from basic needs; physiological needs, to higher needs; such as self esteem, self-actualization and self-transcendence (a term he added some years after the initial model he proposed).
We all have needs, that if not met, will have consequences.
I appreciate that getting your needs met when you have ME/CFS and don’t have the support you need, can make life difficult.
Binge & Bust
One thing I noticed when I had ME/CFS, is that I would go through a cycle where I would: Continue reading →
In Danny Wallace’s book, Yes Man (a very funny, daft and uplifting book), the author meets a man on a bus who tells him to say yes more, in response to hearing Danny say he has got stuck in a rut.
He sets himself the challenge of saying yes to everything. It results in many adventures, some amusing, some potentially detrimental. For example, he nearly ended up in a fight and if I recall correctly, taking some pills of dubious quality he bought online.
One of his learnings from the experience is that he needed to be discerning and say no in some situations!
Anyone with ME/CFS would love to be able to say yes more, but are unable to due to extreme physical and mental exhaustion, and other symptoms.Continue reading →
In this post, former ME/CFS sufferer and Coach Simon Pimenta explores the topic of:
1. What stress is
2. A simple strategy for assessing how much stress you might be experiencing 3. How you can identify strategies to reduce stress, that may result in health and energy benefits.
What Is Stress?
When I ask people this question, people will often say that stress is:
The feeling of being out of control
Sweaty palms, heart beating ten to the dozen, etc.
The really big stuff- starting a new job, moving house, giving birth, dealing with a loss
Some years ago, when I had ME/CFS, I went to bed the night before Easter Sunday.
I had an interesting and powerful dream. It was one of those dreams that was so vivid, that it stayed with me.
In my dream, I was climbing the steep slope of a snow covered mountain. As I climbed, I had to focus intently on what I was doing. I had to proceed slowly, with care. At one point, I slipped back down the mountain, perhaps 20 feet.
In this post, former ME/CFS sufferer and Coach Simon Pimenta briefly outlines what he believes may be 6 Strategies that may be important to consider as a starting point for anyone who has ME/CFS.
Some of these topics I have addressed already, some I will explore in more detail soon.
ME/CFS & The Fundamentals
i. Diet I am sure most people are familiar with the adage ‘We are what we eat’. Simple changes to diet can be beneficial. Some people notice the difference that these changes make. For others it may be more subtle or not noticeable, but there is science that backs up how our diet can affect health and energy. See posts on diet hereContinue reading →
"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"Simon always made me feel that things would get better and more importantly he had the tools to make that happen."
- Martine McCutcheon "Thank you again so much, Simon. I am so grateful to you and happy that I can sustain good health and happiness like this - I feel like the luckiest girl in the world!"
- Loveday "Thank you very much Simon for all your excellent teaching and support."
- Helen "Completing the training was a real eureka experience. The training has provided me with practical tools to cope in challenging situations, whether at work or in daily life."
- Natalie "Working with Simon over a period of months recently was really helpful with my extreme fatigue. I now have much greater self-awareness and understanding of my condition and how to beat it."
- Ivan "Simon was jam-packed with knowledge and use of the tools, which meant he was especially understanding and patient, and armed with an answer to any problem!"
- Hayley "Thank you so much for everything, I feel like the old Clare again loving life!".
- Clare "I am far more confident and I know I can do anything I set my mind to."
- Thomas, Extreme Anxiety and Depression "I can hardly believe the changes, my life is back and my happiness is back. Thank you so much again."