Stepping up and letting you all know some views on the root causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is something I’ve been called to do for a while now. Although this post is not for the faint-hearted, I feel as though I’ve been biting my tongue quite a lot, so putting this out there is quite a big step for me.
Below is a list of numerous suggested root or emotional causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/M.E.). Some of these are what I believe to be true based on my own experience of illness and consequential healing, while others are based on what I’ve read from numerous books and articles, many of which are featured here.
My intention is not to upset or offend anyone, but to make you think about your illness from a different perspective. I also don’t want you to think that you brought this on yourself or that you are to blame. I know that there are lots of different circumstances and environments in which people become ill with CFS, and medical research is vital in moving forward with this illness. It’s not simply as easy as writing down the root causes and getting on with it. If anyone had put this in front me when I was very sick, there’s no way I would’ve been ready to hear it. So please, use your intuition here. If you start reading this list and it feels unbearably uncomfortable, maybe save it for another day. If it doesn’t feel so terrible, then please read on.
Root Causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS / M.E.)
( * = a root cause that I know to be true for me)
- resisting life and wanting to hide away
- resisting change and flow in life *
- feeling stuck and not feeling able to pull yourself out of it *
- not being able to stand up for your own needs in life and/or say ‘no’ *
- a belief that life is constantly going against you and that it is a heavy, unpleasant struggle
- a feeling that to get anywhere in life, you have struggle and work your fingers to the bone to get there *
- constantly having to do what you don’t want to do, but not being able to vocalise it (or feeling as if you don’t have permission to speak up) *
- always pushing yourself past your limits when all you want to do to pull back (hello type-As!) *
- ignoring your body, needs, creativity and goals completely (putting yourself last) *
- giving away your power to someone else (believing that they’re always right and that you’re wrong, or you’re not allowed to have a voice) *
- not seeing life as a gift
- feeling powerless and resentful *
Please let me know in the comments below if any of these ring true for you. Obviously, it’s not as easy as knowing the root cause and then getting back to your normal life, but I’ll never forget how I felt after reading about these patterns in my life. I truly felt as though my healing started in earnest afterwards.
Love and honesty,
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