I know folks are feeling scared and overwhelmed with the prospect of social distancing, isolation, possibly even quarantine. Here’s a missive from someone who has experience being housebound. I’ve been mostly housebound since sometime in 2017. As of this writing,
Until I was too ill to go out much, I walked through my neighborhood every day. I walked to work from 2008-2016. I got a dog in 2014. I have a deep connection to this little part of the world.
I spend about 90-95% of my time in bed. I’m able to get up to use the bathroom, grab something from the kitchen, get a book from the living room, but I don’t move around much more than that. And
Here’s the thing about having a really disabling chronic illness. It’s unpredictable. And very difficult to plan for the future. While I have several conditions, the one with the most dramatic impact on my life is ME/CFS. I could improve.
Blame hedonic adaptation: the tendency for us to get used to things over time. Source: What to Do When You’re Bored With Your Routines One of the things that gnaws at me a little is how much my life has
Pushing ourselves to complete a task is the most common pacing mistake most of us make. “The next step is choosing a different action. Sometimes even with awareness, we can think, “I know I’m running out of energy, but I
I think a lot about self-care. There’s the inescapable advertising and blogging about products and spa days and yoga and having a glass of wine brought to us by the wheels of capitalism. The superficial listicles. And the very real,