Rather than look for the one "magic bullet" that will cure you, see every action as a step on the road to improved health.  Don't expect to see overnight changes; slow progress is still....progress.

Try to let go of fear.

The unpredictability of M.E or F.M and uncertainty about the future causes a great amount of fear and anxiety.  The best way to cope with this is to focus on the moment as best you can and take one day at a time.  Avoid contemplating the "what ifs". 

Avoid negative people and situations.

As you increase the awareness of your body's signals and the changes in your mood and energy levels, you may notice patterns.  Do certain activities leave you more drained than usual.  Does spending time with certain people make you feel more depressed or frustrated?  Try to focus your energies on what enhances your sense of well-being, and let go of what damages it. 

Think positively, not unrealistically.

Many people with chronic illness learn to enjoy and appreciate many things they never did before.  Try to focus on what you have, rather than what you have lost, on what you can do, rather than what you no longer can do.  This is not to say that you should never acknowledge feelings of loss or sadness as these are equally important.  We must always recognise and express our feelings, but try not to dwell on them.

Relax.

Relaxation is essential to achieving and maintaining better health.  Whether it's meditation, deep breathing, or any other type of relaxation exercise.  The cultivation of a peaceful environment is also important.

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