“Do the best you can with the energy you have.”
My husband gets emailed daily quotes from a local radio station and he shared this one above with me a few days ago. I felt it very appropriate for someone like me who deals with chronic fatigue pretty much every day.
My mind tells me I should be more productive and able to accomplish every goal I have set in my head for the day. I should wake up refreshed and energized to tackle the day with vigour and enthusiasm. My reality though is that this rarely happens. Often I feel more overwhelmed than optimistic that the day will be filled with checked off chores on my to-do list. My mind tells me these things but my body is tired and doesn’t want to cooperate.
My MS has curbed my desire for a picture perfect home. As much as I would love to cook gourmet meals, my weakened legs and back pain dictate more simple food preparation. I would love to be able to whiz through one job after another but my body needs to rest in between tasks.
I do the best I can with the energy I have. Every day is different so I have learned to listen to my body rather than my brain and do what I can, leaving what I can’t get done to another day. There is no shame or reason to be embarrassed if you’re not up to accomplishing a lot of errands and chores. Like I’ve said in past posts, everyone’s journey is unique to them and no one should be judged simply because their productive day looks different than someone else’s.
Instead of thinking, “I should be able to do…”, say to yourself, “It’s ok to do what I can and stop when I can’t do anymore.” Be Pretty, Plus and Proud and be kind to yourself. Be patient with yourself on days when just getting out of bed is a big deal. Do what is right for you and never compare your list of accomplishments to anyone else’s. Others are walking a different path from yours.