Chronic fatigue- being tired, without the need for sleep. It’s physical and mental exhaustion, and it stops those who suffer from it from being able to enjoy daily life.
With my personal experience, I have heard some ridiculous attitudes towards chronic fatigue, such as:
“If you just got more sleep.”
“You’re just making a huge deal out of being a little sleepy”
“It’s just hormones!”
I’m here to explain that it is not any of these, and that if you suffer from CF you’re not just being dramatic.
Chronic Fatigue is very serious, and it comes in 3 main forms:
If you truly believe that you suffer from Fatigue in any form then I have some simple yet - from my personal experience - effective ways to help cope with everyday life.
As I suffer from Moderate Fatigue, I find staying awake very difficult no matter the amount of sleep I do or do not get. To help with this I take natural tablets as mentioned before. I get mine from Holland and Barrett’s, and as it is all natural it causes no harm. I highly suggest this, but if you dislike tablets there are other methods to help fatigue.
Aroma therapy is a very good way and as fatigue is sometimes caused by extreme stress, riding this stress can help.
You can also try exercising in small amounts, however this is very difficult with moderate or severe forms of fatigue and I advise you don’t try to exert yourself, as that will make your symptoms much worse.
But the main thing is - always tell yourself you can. If you're feeling extremely exhausted, the easiest thing to do is deny your ability to do anything. It is a fact that with this illness you will need to rest a lot, and that is perfectly fine. Never put yourself down because of it!
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