Whilst Toby clearly stated that CFS/ME is not all in the mind, he emphasised the negative effect stress has on those with CFS/ME and a lot of chronic illnesses, and from personal experience I can defiantly vouch for stress causing my symptoms to flare up.
Stress is the #1 cause of chronic illness in the world.
We can be our own worst enemy. People with CFS/ME can often stop doing things because doing them causes anxiety and to be frank it is truly quite scary.
This can be from:
- The anxiety that doing the thing in question is going to cause you some pretty serious payback
- You wonder if you have forgotten how to do it
- Run over various outcomes in your head about how it is going to go and,
- How people are going to react to you.