I enjoyed an active life, physically and socially; playing tennis, football, sailing and other fun stuff!
I enjoyed working with the clients, utilising my training as a counsellor.
I made a wrong career move
However I became more and more involved in the management side of things, which on reflection, this wasn't what really interested me.
I ended up being the Director of the Trust and did a thorough job of running myself into the ground.
I went off sick and remained unable to work for the next 8 years, suffering from ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia.
I spent a lot of the next 3 years barely living; just eating and sleeping. I would feel extremely fatigued when I ate any food and developed sensitivities to food.
Doctors didn't have any answers.
This included acupuncture, herbalism, nutrition, cognitive behavioural therapy. I was prepared to try anything to get my health back.
A Doctor who had never met me, told my mother that depression was my core issue...
I consulted the experts, including a Doctor with degrees in Nutritional Medicine and Immunology.
He identified candida, adrenal exhaustion and leaky gut syndrome.
I took supplements and avoided certain foods, which helped to some degree.
However I was still not well and lead a severely restricted life.
Some of these stress patterns were unconscious, like the part of the iceberg that is under water.
Learning how to identify and interrupt these patterns helped me shift them.
As I learned how to activate the parasympathetic state, using:
Brain training techniques - which draw on the ability of the brain to change - called neuroplasticity
I started to feel changes happening in my body and feel confident that my body could heal.
Just to be 100% clear: I believe that ME/CFS is a very real physical condition.
What I learned is that the mind and body powerfully influence each other, and this completely changed the way I thought about the condition.
I started making steady improvements in my health.
For example, spending all day at a family wedding and perform a song at the reception!
Prior to learning this approach, the mere thought of standing in front of lots of people would have exhausted me.
I was able to be physically active.
I started doing all the things I loved; sailing, playing tennis, going to festivals etc.
I played badminton for 3 hours.
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