In This Issue

  • ME and My Thoughts
  • Surviving The Crash
  • Today's Special from the Flagging Chef
  • Something to Smile About
  • Tell ME About It


ME and My Thoughts

As a mother of six kids, back to school brings with it a whirlwind of activity. Shopping, registration, pictures, meet the new teacher – times six! Add to that excitement that doesn't allow you to sleep, suddenly having to wake up to an alarm again, and schedules to juggle, and you can just see the crash lurking. This year, I sent my oldest out of state for her first year of college. I am so proud! But the stress was the final straw, and I crashed. Hard.

Because I wasn't as prepared as I should have been, I probably made things worse for myself and prolonged the crash. I should have rested more, eliminated more activities, and been a lot more gentle with myself. OK! Lesson learned! And now, here is my opportunity to pass the lessons on to you.


Surviving the Crash

No matter how carefully you try to avoid it, sometimes life throws you a curve ball that pushes you beyond your limits. Here are some ideas for getting through the crash and back to baseline as soon as possible.

  • Be Prepared! Living with chronic fatigue means living with the possibility that a crash is always lurking nearby. Prepare for it in advance while you are still feeling good. Remember all those people who said, “Call me if you need anything”? Make a list of their phone numbers and how they may be able to help. While cooking your meals, double your recipes and freeze the extras. Stock the pantry with healthy, easy meals.
  • Clear your calendar. Eliminate all activities that are not completely necessary. Be ruthless! Forgive yourself for canceling obligations you committed to while you were well. Your health must come first.
  • Rest, rest, rest! Listen to your body and rest as much as it needs. While resting, try meditation to combat the added stress that naturally comes with a crash. Limit yourself to quiet activities like reading, listening to audio books, or enjoying music.
  • Attend to your emotions. Stress and negativity may have contributed to your crash. Ignoring your feelings may prolong it. Use your down time for introspection and resolving your emotions.

Above all else, be gentle with yourself! When you are in the middle of a crash, it feels like it will last forever. Remember, this too shall pass!


”Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” - Leo Buscaglia


Today's Special from the Flagging Chef

Smoked Sausage Skillet

Ingredients

  • 1 lb smoked sausage
  • 2 cans green beans
  • 8-10 red baby potatoes
  • 1 yellow onion
  • salt and pepper

Directions

Place potatoes and sausage in bottom of deep dutch oven. Slice onion on top. Add green beans with the liquid. Add generous amount of fresh cracked pepper. Pour 1 can of water on top. Salt to preference. Bring to boil and lower heat to simmer. Cook until potatoes are done. From RecipeZaar

For more super simple recipes, visit my recipe blog, The Flagging Chef.


Something to Smile About

A man is flying in a hot air balloon and realizes he is lost. He reduces height and spots a man down below. He lowers the balloon further and shouts: "Excuse me, can you tell me where I am?"

The man below says: "Yes, you're in a hot air balloon, hovering 30 feet above this field."

”You must be an engineer" says the balloonist.

"I am" replies the man. "How did you know?"

"Well," says the balloonist, "everything you have told me is technically correct, but it's no use to anyone."

The man below says "You must be in management."

"I am" replies the balloonist, "but how did you know?"

"Well," says the man, "you don't know where you are, or where you're going, but you expect me to be able to help.  You're in the same position you were before we met, but now it's my fault."


Tell ME About It

Is there a topic you would like to see discussed in a future issue of Fatigue Busters? Do you have a funny joke, inspirational quote, or story you'd like to share? Contact me here and let me know your thoughts and opinions.