Today is going to be a very busy one. I have a very long list of things that I need to do. One thing is certain: there never seems to be enough time to get everything done. I feel very stressed about this, on a regular basis. I’m sure that this intensifies the severity of my symptoms, especially my persistent fatigue.
Of course, having increased symptoms only magnifies my stress level. Getting caught up in vicious cycles seems to be all too common when you are coping with chronic illness.
There are ongoing, everyday demands to be met. This is true for everyone, naturally. When you’re chronically ill, however, your resources for meeting those demands are significantly more limited.
As a result, it’s easier to find yourself more stressed, in a shorter period of time. Many symptoms themselves are extraordinarily stress-sensitive, too. So, I will do my very best to follow the very advice that I would give a client in a similar situation: simply do your best, attend to the most pressing tasks first, and schedule rest periods between tasks.
When you feel overwhelmed by more complex tasks, break them down into more manageable, bite-size pieces to tackle.