Living with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) often means I don’t have the energy to do the things that I enjoy. Activities as simple as starting my day, going to work, and getting groceries can make me tired. I have spent a great deal of time searching for something to alleviate some of these symptoms. Then finally I stumbled on something that has helped, meditation.
There are numerous benefits to mediation for those of us coping with chronic fatigue. Meditation has been shown to increase energy. It provides us a way to relax and just take a few minutes out of our hectic day to really focus on ourselves. In today’s world, people don’t generally take this time for themselves, and are constantly rushing from one activity to the next. This lifestyle is incredibly exhausting. Giving ourselves the mental space to center ourselves can be extremely useful in recharging. In addition, meditation can decrease pain, including headaches, as well as improve quality of sleep. Meditation also aids in balancing the body’s hormones, which leads to the alleviation of some of the fatigue and pain.
After learning about the benefits of meditation I thought I would try it for myself. I found that it helped after I gave it a couple tries. I took some time and tried out different techniques, but I found that laying down meditation worked the best for me. It’s simple and helps me relax in the evening. I lay down on my back in a quiet place (I prefer my backyard) and focus on my breathing. I then breathe in slowly through my nose, focusing on my breath and the sounds around me, and breathe out slowly through my mouth. I do this for about 15 minutes a day, and I’ve found that it really helps me regain some of my energy. I have tried it earlier in the day, and found that meditation gives me more energy for work too. If I do it at night, it helps me sleep and feel rested the next day. I would definitely recommend anyone with chronic fatigue syndrome try out meditation. It’s free, and you can do it anywhere! While meditation does not completely eliminate the tiredness associated with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, it helps me function better on a daily basis.
As a side note, there are multiple types of meditation to try, and I’m still trying them out myself! Another one that I really enjoy is deep breathing meditation. I sit up straight in my chair, and breathe deeply in through my nose and out through my mouth. I think about a beautiful beach I went to on vacation. This can be done on a break from work! Afterwards I find I have renewed energy to finish my workday. I’ve found that they key is to find what works for you based on your schedule and what time of the day is the most difficult.