I recently read an article called “Join the ADHD Booster Club.” It was in a magazine I get to help me deal with my daughter who has Attention Disorder Deficit. What encouraged me about this article was the fact that the author had learned how to deal with her ADHD in her own unique way.
She had not taken her meds faithfully and just didn’t do what she needed to in order to help herself. One day, the light came on and she started doing what she “should” do and her world suddenly became better. She felt better, she had more energy and she felt more in control of her situation.
I think that too often, those of us who suffer from adrenal and chronic fatigue are much too hard on ourselves. Here’s what I have learned about myself: While the rest of the world seems to be enjoying life, making mistakes, taking one day at a time, I am always pushing myself to the limit.
It doesn’t matter rather I enjoy my day, no mistakes are allowed and I spend too much time worrying about both yesterday AND tomorrow.
The article went on to explain how that if this lady keeps her car lights on all night, the battery will work for a while, but eventually, it has to give out.
If we, with our chronic fatigue and health problems, continue to run, without doing anything enjoyable and relaxing, our energy will be completely depleted. That’s why I like the concept of the energy envelope.
We only have so much energy… if we use it all, we have no more. Wow! Profound, huh? And yet, we do this day after day. We eat poorly, stay in toxic relationships, don’t get enough rest, and try too hard to be perfect. No wonder we are tired!
Is it okay to take a nap, watch a movie in the middle of the day, and eat some wonderful dessert? You’d better believe it. Waste a day if you need to. However, don’t stay there. Once you’ve rested and/or indulged, you will feel better and be able to get back on track again.
Here’s a couple of quotes from the article I especially enjoyed: “A bubble bath, a massage, a key finder, a change of meds – I found out what boosted my brain and went for it. You should, too.” Here’s another nugget of truth: “There is no shame in needing a boost of two – or 20 – for your brain. Everyone, especially you, deserves support to live a fulfilled life.”
Those quotes just give me a fresh breath of air. Do what you need to do to feel better. Oftentimes, we are trying so hard to keep up with our physical needs that we forget our emotional well being.
Sure, you might not feel like going to that Christmas party, but how will you feel after getting there? If you’re like me, you will feel rejuvenated. In fact, I will forget myself in the midst of chatting and laughing with friends (and eating yummy treats!) and feel like a new person.
Sure, I might be a little more tired the next day, but my emotional health was given a big booster shot at that party.
Remembering that I have friends who really care about me, hearing some trials of others and laughing so hard I cry… these things help me get my mind back on track.
So, while the author of this amazing article encourages ADHD folks to join her booster club, I am invited YOU to join my Chronic Fatigue Booster Club! When you find something that helps you feel better, do it often! Buy something that you’ve been wanting (not needed!), call that friend you’ve been missing, go to church, do whatever makes YOU feel better!
If you take this challenge, leave me a comment and let me know about it! I hope everyone will join my new club.
God bless~! Have a wonderful, fulfilling day!