Don’t Fight The Quicksand

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When I was a kid I thought quicksand was going to be a much bigger problem.*

Weirdly, as inaccurate as the movie depictions were of quicksand, they make an excellent analogy for activity and ME.

TV and movies taught me that if I fall into quicksand, the worst thing I could do is struggle, and that the best thing to do is relax and let the water support my body. That is sort of true** for some forms of quicksand. That may be helpful, if incomplete, advice for anyone trying to cross the Fire Swamp to escape a 6 fingered man, or survive the Sainai desert with T.E. Lawrence, but it’s even more important advice for someone with ME.

Research shows that for almost everyone, increasing fitness and staying active is helpful for illness prevention and recovery, and for long term wellbeing and longevity. However, ME differs from most, if not all, other chronic illnesses in that staying active and pushing oneself will cause it to get worse.

 

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