ME & Education – Sian’s Story

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From Physios for M.E.

We’re delighted to present another young person’s story about how they are managing education alongside ME.

Sian is 15 years old and has written this for us – thank you so much Sian!

“One of the most important things I found I could do for myself, in terms of pacing at or for school, was changing my mindset. It took me a long time to finally realise this but nothing, not even school, comes before my wellbeing. Society often teaches us that good grades will lead us to a good life but is that really true? Finding a good balance between school and other aspects of your life ties into my point above too – you have so much time to achieve your GCSE or A Levels but there isn’t always as much time for the other things – growing relationships, spending time with the ones you love, new experiences. Sometimes it’s not a bad thing to prioritise this, especially with the limited energy we have. A good life isn’t about good grades and a well-paying job – it’s about finding happiness.

Another method that helps me with conserving my energy is taking breaks before pushing myself beyond my limits – don’t reach a breaking point before resting, this will make the recovery process much longer and could lead to a worse crash. I’ve put some more tips below on how I managed this in a school environment!


To read the rest of this story, click on the link below:


Link to Sian’s ME story

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