Monthly Archives: January 2018

Magic Morning (Effective Morning)

Starting your days right can have a significant impact on the rest of your day, week, month, year, the rest of your life, this is why mornings, or whenever you get up; morning is best, are so important.

I recently saw some YouTube videos about the “Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod (his name always makes me think of Ron L Hubbard – Church of Scientology and Dune fame) he has also written a book but to my knowledge hasn’t started a cult, well not yet anyway.

I thought the idea the basic concept was good but I didn’t agree with everything he had to say and all his morning practices, I particularly got bored and skipped ahead when he started talking about his car accident when he was young and doctors told him he wouldn’t walk again (personally I’m not convinced it’s completely true, but I have no way of checking).

The basic idea is that you should get up early, he is recommending 04:00, but never appears to talk about going to bed early, he seems to imply you don’t need 8 hours sleep and can get used to 5, I completely disagree with this for anybody and particular for us with M E. Once up you go through a sequence of activities which he has created an acronym S.A.V.E.R.S (most self help books seem to like or at least have some kind of acronym to live your life by).

S – Silence, Meditation or Prayer.

A – Affirmations.

V – Visualizations

E – Exercise

R – Reading which I also think could be Research.

S – Scribing or Journal writing
(according to WordPress dictionary ‘Scribing’ is not a valid word?)

So you get up early every morning and you go through this routine and that is supposed to set you up to have a great, effective, fulfilling day – marvelous, and yes I think it probably would help quite a lot, so I thought as this is the beginning of a New Year and a New Me (or is that M E) I would devise my own, with its very own Acronym GM7SBMGRTG as follows: –

Get Up

ME-Relief

7 Minute Exercise

Shower – Get Dressed

Breakfast

Meditation

Gratitude or Gratefulness

Reflection – On previous Day, Week, Month Year (you can write it down or not, whatever works for you, I don’t – I look at my To Do List, for the previous day)

To Do List

Get Started

I feel my ‘Magic Morning’ might need some work before I can put it forward as something to rival Hals ‘Miracle Morning’, especially the acronym, it just doesn’t role off the tongue and might be a bit tricky to remember, but hopefully you get the idea!

When to Push Yourself

After having ME for a while months or even years you are probably reluctant to push yourself and without the help of ME-Relief you would be absolutely right not to!

After taking ME-Relief for a few weeks you will find that your resilience and capacity is very much increased

The only way to know what you are now capable of, and I understand you may be cautious or reluctant, is to try, to push yourself beyond your previous limits, for some people this is easy and they just carry on as if they don’t have ME, I am one of those, but occasionally I get caught out and end up having to rest for a day or two, but I think this is okay I live with that, as long as I remember when I am not good to keep taking ME-Relief and that this is just temporary I will soon be fine again.

Fear, Anxiety unable to Cope

Fear, Anxiety and feeling unable to Cope are very common feelings for people with M E and often misinterpreted by the medical profession as the psychological cause of physical symptoms rather than symptoms of a physical condition. These symptoms are also often misunderstood by family and friends with many of those same family and friends thinking you just need to pull yourself together and get on with life. (Much easier said than done, even for somebody with a psychological condition, and possibly even harder for you with a physical condition combined with psychological effects).

Cause & Effect

It is not always apparent or easy to know which is cause and which is effect even for you so not surprising other people find it confusing. So how do you know when at the same time you are also experiencing brain fog / confusion, you need to remember what you are like normally, think about similar circumstances in your past and how you felt, so is this a situation a circumstance in which if you were well you would be feeling the same fear, anxiety and inability to cope, if not then it is a symptom, the effect of M E, rather than a cause.

Feeling unable to cope is a reality, you probably aren’t able to cope well, you are unable to think clearly, to focus, to even understand where you are and what you are doing, this is not an irrational psychological problem!

Initially Great with ME-Relief, Now Tired!

I’ve had feedback from several people about how they feel great when they first start taking ME-Relief and then after about a week or 2 they crash (their description) and want to know is this normal, why has this happened and what to do about it.

Is it normal?

Well it is not the norm but as this has happened to several people it is normal for some people.

Why does this happen?

That is more difficult to answer, it seems to me the most likely cause is that after several months or even years of little or no physical activity followed by a few days of activity, because you are now feeling better, just takes time for your body to adjust.  Remember after only a week or 2 you still have ME, ME-Relief is a treatment not a cure, its function is to help you recover and to provide extra energy, put you back in the normal energy range while you recover, there will be times when you will over do things or when you are affected by something else a cold, flu or stress, when some of your ME symptoms will return, but with ME-Relief those times will be less often and last less time than before.

What can you do about when you don’t feel so good?

Keep taking the powder perhaps increase a little, instead of 3 times daily 4 or even 5 times, listen to your body and over time, it will let you know when you need to take more or less ME-Relief and when you can push yourself and when you can’t . GET (Graded Exercise Therapy) usually I would not recommend this for somebody with ME, most studies have shown this can be harmful, but with the help of ME-Relief as you start to feel stronger and more confident in your abilities, increasing your level of exercise gradually will help you to feel better both physically and psychologically, and will make you more resilient and more able physical as you recover.

 

Vitamin B12

I’ve been taking Vitamin B12 in addition to ME-Relief since August 2017, I starting taking B12 when after several 3 months of hard work on house renovations I was exhausted and the ME fatigue had returned. B12 helped me to focus and push myself beyond what I had previously been able to do, I noticed this particularly with exercise and playing squash.

It varies how much I take each day mainly because I forget or simply don’t feel I need it, but generally about 2 1000mcg (Micro Grams) and I prefer the flavoured ones that dissolve in the mouth, there are claims that these are most easily absorbed, but I don’t think it matters.

Can you take too much vitamin B 12?

This vitamin is not toxic, so you don’t have to worry that too much could be harmful. In fact, fatigue (as well as memory loss, balance problems, constipation and depression) are more likely to be symptoms of a B12 deficiency than of getting too much of it.

What does vitamin B12 do? More Info

The human body needs vitamin B12 to make red blood cells, nerves, DNA, and carry out other functions. The average adult should get 2.4 micrograms a day. Like most vitamins, B12 can’t be made by the body. Instead, it must be gotten from food or supplements.

And therein lies the problem: Some people don’t consume enough vitamin B12 to meet their needs, while others can’t absorb enough, no matter how much they take in. As a result, vitamin B12 deficiency is relatively common, especially among older people. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey estimated that 3.2% of adults over age 50 have a seriously low B12 level, and up to 20% may have a borderline deficiency.