Frustrated by Fatigue
Feeling frustrated by how fatigued you feel?
Feeling sadness about not having the energy to exercise or do the things you love since you've gotten "sick"?
This video is yet another that came from my personal experience of not being able to move my body in the ways that I wanted to when I was struggling with chronic health conditions.
Some days I would push through and pretend the fatigue wasn't there only to be whacked down with severe fatigue for the days following... which never felt very good.
At first I was frustrated. Sometimes, I felt rage. I felt overwhelmed. I felt trapped in a "sick" and "broken" body.
I felt HOPELESS.
As someone that identified with being athletic, quick, and agile, it felt as if the one outlet I had left had been taken from me... which only fed into more stories of "this is unfair!" and "I can't believe this is happening to me!"
It was through learning to honor fatigue as a sign from the body that it needs us to slow down in order to repair/rebuild/reconfigure that I finally learned to see fatigue as something to honor, to listen to, and to adjust my lifestyle in order for my body to recover without me depleting it further.
In the slowing down I started to collect more data points confirming how much more quickly I bounced back when I didn't try and PUSH or struggle my way through. In a funny way, being so depleted and so exhausted is actually what allowed me to surrender to the body and in doing so, re-build a sense of trust with the physical pile of cells that make up a Theresa.
It was through learning to lean in and thank the body for letting me know it needed more rest that I started to release the frustration and instead, welcome in deep gratitude for the whispers I receive from my body about how to best tend to it moment to moment.
After tapping along, I am curious: do any of your old thought patterns start to change?
Any new perspectives about fatigue or exercise come to mind?
Feel free to share below!