Don’t empty the tank!

I know I’ve said it before but I just want to remind you that:

No one should ever use up their entire daily supply of energy, regardless of whether or not they have an Energy Limiting Chronic Illness.

People without energy limiting conditions do not use up their entire daily supply of energy each day. They are also never expected to. That would be absolutely ludicrous. I can’t imagine you would ever expect that of them, particularly now that you have a deeper level of understanding about how precious energy is.

But those of us who have far less in the energy tank than others, are often expected or pressured (often by ourselves) to give each day our all. Why should we? They don’t…

I can almost guarantee that you don’t expect those around you who don’t have energy limiting chronic conditions to run a marathon every day. So why are you expecting yourself to do the equivalent?

Please be kinder to yourself about your own energy expenditure. You don’t need to max yourself out energy-wise. No human body should be pushed to the extreme like that.

You don’t even have to give every day you’re all. Doing your best might actually be stopping to allow your body to catch up a bit.

Proportionally you are already giving each day far more than others are, because you have so much less energy to give. They’re giving 50% and you’re bordering on 100% output. Don’t forget that.

Look after yourselves, that’s all.

Disclaimer: Of course we don’t all have the same set of circumstances or the same level of support. Not all of us can delegate vital tasks. And some of us have dependents relying on us.

But where possible, we shouldn’t be going above and beyond just to keep up with the versions of ourselves who had a seemingly unlimited supply of energy.

Published by Anna Redshaw

Blogging about life in the slow lane with an invisible, chronic illness. I wasn't always a sick chick so this is somewhat of a life changing experience!

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