Now its time to walk the talk and put your plan into action. This is where you will require discipline and a firm belief in your ability to heal. Depending on how in depth your protocol is I find the best way to make sure I actually do what I planned to is creating a schedule or timetable and sticking to it.
Here is an example of a daily schedule. If you prefer you can create weekly and monthly versions.
Wake up – 9am
Yoga & Meditation
It may seem like a lot of effort to create these plans and there is a risk that by planning your day run you may lose the great pleasure of living moment to moment. But considering these schedules are not forever I feel it is worth the sacrifice. The object of having a daily schedule isn’t to figure out every tiny aspect of your life, its to put your healing protocol on autopilot so that it takes up a minimum amount of time and attention.
Now your schedule is in place there’s only one more thing to do before you begin healing…
Recording a Daily Log (How else are you going to know whats working?)
Before you begin or undergo any treatment for CFS/ME I strongly suggest you begin keeping a daily log. How else are you going to know what is helping or hindering you in recovering. And even if you have been popping pills for years its’ never to late to start keeping a record.
I was put onto this idea by Bruce Campbell who beleived beginning his log was central to his recovery. It empowered him and gave him a tool to adjust and tweak his strategy for regaining health.
What is it? A daily log is a place to record whichever details you believe to be most important in planning your recovery. Such things may include how you slept, what you did for the day, which medications you took and how you felt.
Why do it? Capturing this information allows you to keep track of what treatments were effective and enables you determine what to try in the future. It also to gives you a sense of control over symptoms by capturing a record of the improvements you make along the way.
How Often? Daily, although on average I fill mine in every 2-3 days.
My Experience: (28/9/2010) I have been logging for around 10 months now and have a large collection of very useful data waiting to be utilized. Having changed the design of my log over the months, I now need to sit down and draw some conclusions. Its proven very useful in charting the some what predictable effects of post-exertional malaise.