N.L.P, me and my M.E / C.F.S

18 Mar
NLP has helped me feel more positive about my ME / CFS. Photo source: Flickr User: Enokson

NLP has helped me feel more positive about my ME / CFS. Photo source: Flickr User: Enokson

Over the last few weeks I’ve talked a lot about the stress response in ME / CFS. Not wanting to bore you with repeating everything I’ve already written;  in a nutshell in ME / CFS there is a conditioning of the stress response. It becomes habitual, permanently on. It is often described as a ‘maladaptive stress response’.

So it follows that resetting this maladaptive stress response is one possible recovery option for ME / CFS. This is where ‘rewiring the brain’ through Neurological Linguistic Programming’ (NLP) comes in. NLP is not a quick fix, it takes 4-6 months to see significant changes (so I’ve been told by my therapist) and it needs consistent use to be effective. NLP is amazingly simple in its construction but it takes a lot of self-discipline and will power. Thanks to all the neurology and science behind NLP, I do genuinely believe that it will be worth all the hard work.

I’ve been using NLP techniques consistently on a daily basis for the last 6 weeks or so. It is still early days but I’ve already seen some positive changes:

  • I’m more positive in my attitude
  • I’m more relaxed (says Mr B)
  • I’m ‘perkier’ (as says my Dad)
  • I’m not bouncing off the walls with buckets of energy but I do think my energy levels have increased a little
  • I have real hope that I can and will recover from ME / CFS
  • I feel more in control of this illness
  • I felt up to driving for the first time in nearly a year. I may have only driven 10 miles or so to our local market town and I didn’t drive home (I was tired) but simply that I felt I could drive at all is a big step for me.
  • I’ve been helping my mum cook beyond just being able to sit and chop vegetables. I stood and stir fried vegetables one night last week for about 10 minutes. This is progress for me.
  • I’ve been able to dry my own hair without the myalgia pain in my arms and shoulders getting worse and without me thinking ‘I shouldn’t dry my hair it will make me feel worse’.
  • I managed a day shopping with my Mum. Yes Mum pushed me in my wheelchair and yes I had dips at times during the day and I was pretty shattered by the end but the fact that I felt I could cope with the day out and did cope with it is progress.
  • My stamina has improved; I’m recovering quicker from activity. For example after the day out shopping, it only took me a day or so to recover as opposed to several days previously (not that I had attempted such an outing before the NLP because without the NLP I didn’t feel I could do it and to be honest I wouldn’t consciously have even considered it).
  • My self-awareness has increased enormously.

When I saw my specialist last week for my regular check-up he was delighted with my progress and said I looked and sounded much better. He said he could see from just watching me walk in to his consultation room that I had ‘more about me’  and that I had undergone a ‘neurological attitudinal shift’. This was a great boost and validation that the NLP techniques are working. I wouldn’t put my progress purely down to NLP, I think it’s that the pieces of the jigsaw are slowly coming together. But NLP definitely has a big role to play.

There are still ups and downs. After a few days back in our flat with Mr B in London I’m suffering more than I was before I went; I’m more fatigued and the myalgia pain in my upper body is worse. But using NLP I’m not terrified that I’m slipping backwards. It’s natural for me to feel worse having done more and with sufficient rest and time I will bounce back to where I was prior to the trip to London. NLP has given me the faith to believe that.

So I’ll keep plodding along with the NLP techniques I’ve been taught and hopefully I’ll keep seeing changes in myself. It’s all about baby steps.  One day, one small step at a time. But eventually I’ll make it to recovery 🙂

The first step to recovery using NLP is self awareness and I’ll talk about that in my next post, so stay tuned if you want to know more!

Please do get in touch. Have you used/ do you use NLP? How have you found it? Have you seen positive changes? Let me know, I’d love to hear your experience.

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2 Responses to “N.L.P, me and my M.E / C.F.S”

  1. Carol Westphal May 14, 2016 at 1:00 am #

    Thanks for this. Have just begun some of this work, and your piece is encouraging to me.

    • myjourneythrume June 10, 2016 at 10:08 am #

      Hope your NLP is going well. Glad my post helped a little.

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