Is Stress Affecting Your ME/CFS?


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

Definition Of Stress

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My Easter Dream

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.

I felt frustrated by this setback, which had happened many times. Continue reading

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ME/CFS & Exercise

In this post, former ME/CFS sufferer and Coach Simon Pimenta explores the topic of  how ME/CFS sufferers can approach exercise without triggering symptoms.

There are many benefits of exercise. There is strong evidence that being physically active is good for your health and has a protective effect.

It has the following beneficial effects:
It improves immune function
It improves brain function: studies show it improves intelligence
It protects body against stress
It improves general body function

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Heidi’s Testimonial

Heidi suffered with from CFS for 4 years. She had to stop working. Over a year ago, she decided to do the Building Resilience Training.

In this brief video, she talks about life with CFS, her thoughts about the course and the progress she has made.

 

 

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ME/CFS: Why Aren’t The Supplements Working?

In this post, former ME/CFS sufferer and Coach Simon Pimenta explores why supplements might not have a noticeable effect on health and wellbeing for ME/CFS sufferers.

Someone asked me “Why do some people get better just by taking supplements, but others don’t?”

This is a question that Doctor John Briffa, who had degrees in Nutritional Medicine and Immunology, asked me after I had recovered.

I went to see him soon after I developed ME/CFS.

He prescribed supplements and advocated dietary changes to address leaky gut, candida, and adrenal fatigue. Continue reading

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ME/CFS: Addressing The Fundamentals

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 here Continue reading

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ME/CFS & Supplements

Supplements

People with ME/CFS will often consider what supplements might help the condition.

There is no end to how many supplements you could take and how much money you could spend.

The following is designed to act as a starting point, rather than a comprehensive list of supplements, as recommended by Doctors who specialise in working with people with ME/CFS.

Points to consider

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ME/CFS & ADRENAL FATIGUE

In this short series of posts ‘ME/CFS Simple Strategies’ trainer and former sufferer of ME/CFS and fibromyalgia Simon Pimenta explores strategies for people with ME/CFS.

ME/CFS & Diet

Please re-read the caveats in the first article.

As stated in the first article, diet is a big topic and often advise is conflicting.

The first article focussed on the Stone Age Diet

The second article explored Glycemic Index and how foods affect your blood sugar.

The third article explored Candida Albicans And Yeast Infection.

Medical Caution: This information in this article is not a recommendation. Consult your Doctor before making dietary changes  or taking supplements, especially if you if you have health issues or are taking prescribed medication. Ashwagandha is not recommended for women who are pregnant.

Diet Part 4: Adrenal Fatigue

I was diagnosed with adrenal fatigue by a Medical Doctor.

I felt exhausted and ‘wired’ and any stress, no matter how small, left me feeling shattered, as if I had run a marathon. Continue reading

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ME/CFS SIMPLE STRATEGIES: DIET PART 3 CANDIDA ALBICANS

In this short series of posts ‘ME/CFS Simple Strategies’ trainer and former sufferer of ME/CFS and fibromyalgia Simon Pimenta explores strategies for people with ME/CFS looking at:

1. Diet
2. Supplements
3. Rest
4. Exercise
5. Stress

1. ME/CFS & Diet

Please re-read the caveats in the first article!

As stated in the first article, diet is a big topic and often advise is conflicting.

The first article on diet focussed on the Stone Age Diet. You can read that article here

The second article on diet explored Glycemic Index and how GI relates to how foods affect your blood sugar. You can read that article here

Diet Part 3: Candida Albicans And Yeast Infection

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ME/CFS & BEING KIND TO YOURSELF

The topic of being kind to yourself, having compassion and loving your self keeps coming up in the work I do with clients.

Talking about loving yourself may come across as a bit self indulgent.

However, consider that:

1. Being kind to yourself is essential if you have a health issue or are recovering from one, as ANY STRESS is going to make you feel worse and slow down your body’s healing.

2. Even if you don’t have a health issue, being kind to yourself and reducing stress is useful.  Continue reading

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