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The world-leading team at The Optimum Health Clinic offer strategies to support healing from ME, CFS and Fibromyalgia.
 
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Alex talks about the different steps and stages of recovery from ME, CFS and Fibromyalgia and what kind of energy we may feel if we’re ready to increase our activity.By The Optimum Health Clinic.
 
CEO Alex Howard discusses the OHC's approach to cultivating self-worth when the roles you held prior to getting ill have changed.By The Optimum Health Clinic.
 
Understanding and being able to witness the kind of anxiety we're expieriencing is the first step to addressing it and easing the symptom. Physical Anxiety types can be contributed to blood sugar issues, having a mitochondria crash, adrenal anxiety, or hormone issues. Anxiety triggered by emotional overwhelm can be caused by difficult life expe ...…
 
When our primary symptom is fatigue, it's clear that getting deep, effective rest is a crucial part of the recovery process. When the maladaptive stress response adds too much stress to be able to relax deeply, we can intend to rest without actually achieving deep rest. The OHC approach works to calm the nervous system enough that the tired/wir ...…
 
Alex talks about people pleasing as a habit of the helper type that puts other peoples' needs before our own. Becoming aware of the pattern and its impact is the beginning of changing the behavior. If you go to great lengths to avoid conflict or get your self-worth from doing things for other people, you might find it worthwhile to explore this ...…
 
In this Facebook Live recording CEO Alex Howard discusses getting moving without pushing in ME, CFS and Fibromyalgia recovery. The Achiever subtypes particularly can get caught up in over-doing patterns, so we need a new way to approach to break old habits and cultivate new helpful habits. Setting new goals versus recognising the achiever patte ...…
 
Psychology Practitioner Marie Fleming talks about how to bring in a sense of enjoyment to your day during the recovery process, even though illness can be so challenging and uncomfortable. Being able to create a moment of enjoyment can relieve a little bit of suffering, without just trying to pretend to be happier.…
 
OHC practitioner Marie discusses creating healthy boundaries, especially in relation to helper subtypes. Being able to say no to people or to tasks when we need to prioritise our own healing process is an important lesson in creating healthier relationships and making sure we're setting ourselves up for recovery.…
 
After developing a stable baseline, Alex elaborates on how to bounce the boundaries and increase the energy envelope. He uses the metaphor of being on the offensive (pushing the boundaries with activity/new foods/new supplements/new tools) versus being on the defensive (retreat, recovery, resting, stabilising). This is for a very particular sta ...…
 
What allows us to feel calm, confident, and embodied is making peace with the sense of uncertainty, making peace with not knowing what's going to happen. Alex talks about developing confidence and a sense of safety in the body versus trying to intellectualise solutions for potential challenges. Stress and worry use up energy that we need to hea ...…
 
Marie from our psychology team shares a little bit about her ME/CFS recovery story, and clarifies more about why the mind and body connection is so important in recovery from ME, CFS, Fibromyalgia (and generally all forms of stress and chronic illness). Limiting our approach to only aspects of the mind (or just on psychology) becomes extremely ...…
 
Ignoring our wants and needs can lead our minds and bodies to continually get louder until we finally listen and pay attention to what is currently happening. Making space for and being mindful of our thoughts, feelings, emotions, and symptoms can actually calm the system down because it doesn't need to trigger the maladaptive stress response t ...…
 
In this Facebook Live recording CEO Alex Howard discusses saying YES to you on the recovery path from ME, CFS and Fibromyalgia. It can feel like we're saying 'no' to just about everything when we're on the recovery path - to people who want to socialise, or to foods we want to eat, or to activities or achievements we want to accomplish - but Al ...…
 
In this Facebook Live recording CEO Alex Howard discusses the 4 fundamentals of recovery from ME, CFS and Fibromyalgia from which to keep track of the recovery journey and build tools to move forward. 1. Do we have a baseline? (activity levels, pacing, a place from which to build) 2. Are we making progress over time? (Less crashes, more ups, qu ...…
 
After discussing what is possible from recovery, and exploring things that may help someone recover from ME CFS, some people have a rejection or resistance to the idea that recovery is possible. It can be devastating to get your hopes up, which is why some people choose instead not to believe in recovery from ME CFS and Fibromyalgia. Contributi ...…
 
Alex offers some advice on how to set goals that make you feel like you're winning - and how to avoid resolutions that cause worsening of symptoms. Recovery takes time, and the best goals to set on the recovery path are small, achievable goals that help us feel like we're making genuine progress.By The Optimum Health Clinic.
 
A complex illness like ME CFS can exhibit many different symptoms and co-morbidities. Being able to make sense of the cycles and systems affected can help us find pieces to work with that keep patients from healing. The body has a natural tendencey towards healing so we try to discover all the pieces of the ME/CFS puzzle and delicately try to b ...…
 
It can be a real challenge to commit to future plans when we're still working on our recovery from ME CFS or Fibromyalgia. Alex offers some tips about how to handle social commitments when you really don't know if you'll be well enough to attend.By The Optimum Health Clinic.
 
In this short Facebook Live session, Alex explains the importance of making recovery the most important goal in your day to day life, especially in the early stages. If we have multiple goals or priorities it can put our health in a back seat when we should be making choices that are best for our body and recovery. Are you giving your recovery ...…
 
Through his personal experience and extensive education in various psychological approaches, Alex offers his recommendations for what kind of psychology work might be right for you depending on where you are on your recovery journey. There are many different tools to work with the past, the present, and the future - and the recovery path requir ...…
 
The advice, "listen to your body" sounds like it should be easy, but it isn't quite as simple as it seems. We often get conflicting messages from our body and it can be tricky to decide which message to listen to. Alex offers advice on how to make the next best informed decision based on all the information available.…
 
Alex explores "Trauma", major disruptive life events, and "trauma", small or developmental patterns that can effect our well-being. By understanding and working with our own traumas, we can develop healthier relationships with ourselves and our experience in life. One benefit of addressing trauma can be calming the nervous system in order to he ...…
 
Becoming familiar with and identifying thoughts of our energy-depleting "inner critic" can be huge in helping us identify unhelpful thought patterns or beliefs that we can stop and change. Changing the tone of our inner mental chatter to one that is positive and caring can free up emotional energy and help us make better choices. Alex also offe ...…
 
The mental pattern of Windows ME means we run every thought and activity through the filter of having ME. This means every situation can cause stress if we continually question what the future holds for us which can increase the constant maladaptive stress response. At stage 1 Windows ME can help us find our boundaries, but beyond that it can s ...…
 
Mental tennis is a mental pattern that can make decision making feel impossible. In ME/CFS our nervous systems are already over-stimulated, and when it comes to deciding how to spend our energy, patients can feel stuck in a tug-of-war over how to move forward and make the "right" choice. Alex offers some tips on how to recognise and address men ...…
 
Alex discusses why patients in the nutrition program can benefit from also doing the psychology work with The Optimum Health Clinic. We do not in any way promote the idea that ME/CFS or Fibromyalgia are psychological illnesses, but that chronic illness is both difficult, stressful, and at times traumatising, and that ME/CFS in particular causes ...…
 
The recovery path can take so much discipline and organisation that we can sometimes forget that a balanced life includes play, fun, and joy. Alex talks about finding a balance between our Helper/Acheiver/Perfection types and our childlike inclinations for enjoyment. Recovering from ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia can feel like serious business, and re ...…
 
We now know that approaching healing from ME CFS from a "pushing" motivation can make everything worse, so willpower for recovery in ME CFS and Fibromyalgia needs a new meaning. Pushing to work harder and do more will not work for recovering from these illnesses, but we may need determination in other ways to find acceptance and allow ourselves ...…
 
Alex explores the psychological subtypes (Anxiety, Achiever, Helper) that can play a part in remaining ill with ME CFS, and how noticing these patterns can help us put ourselves first and notice the thought behaviours that are unhelpful in our recovery. Beyond recovery from ME CFS, understanding psychological subtypes will help us to grow and e ...…
 
When we start making some progress on our journey, the recovery process can feel incredibly slow and we start to wonder what exactly is possible from recovery from ME, CFS or Fibromyalgia. Alex explains that you do not need to be perfect biologically or psychologically in order to recover - and you can easily underestimate what is possible in t ...…
 
Alex Howard discusses deep rest in ME, CFS and Fibromyalgia recovery. The maladaptive stress response in MECFS keeps the nervous system wired, and mindful rest can help us recover the parasympathetic nervous system. Noticing our personality patterns can help us recognise when we aren't allowing for deep rest when our mind wants us to push throu ...…
 
In this Facebook Live recording CEO Alex Howard discusses being methodical: taking time when starting new supplements, treatments, or movements in order to see what is helping on the road to recovery from ME, CFS and Fibromyalgia.
 
In this Facebook Live recording CEO Alex Howard discusses how the maladaptive stress response can keep us in a state where we are unaware of what our body really needs. Being able to relax into your exhaustion can take practice, but being able to deeply rest is necessary for healing to take place.
 
The Helper subtytpe in the Optimum Health Clinic model is one type of characteristic that can be looked at in terms of habits and beliefs that may contribute to becoming or staying ill with ME, CFS or Fibromyalgia. Exploring self-worth and supporting the self can be helpful tools to practice to overcome unhealthy helper patterns.…
 
In this Facebook Live recording CEO Alex Howard discusses gratitude and comparing ourselves to others. While being able to acknowledge our loss and difficulty is an important part of being in our body, it is also an extremely useful practice to be grateful for what we do have and the things that are working here and now.…
 
Alex Howard discusses SOFA HEROES: Because you have to be a superhero to live with ME, CFS or Fibromyalgia. The Sofa Heroes fundraising campaign will raise money for our double-blind study with the University of Surrey on the effectiveness of The Optimum Health Clinic Method for ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia in order to make the treatment available t ...…
 
Alex discusses the limitations of psychological approaches and miracle recovery stories from psychological therapies for ME, CFS and Fibromyalgia. Through the Optimum Health Clinic, the patient gets both psychological support to encourage healing, and also functional medicine to look at various biological systems that may be out of balance. Exp ...…
 
Alex describes the slippery slope of self-medicating or taking supplement advice from non-professionals. With personalised care from The Optimum Health Clinic, a nutritionist can help you discover exactly which supplements will be most helpful for your specific needs.
 
What we need when the going is challenging and difficult, is support, inspiration, and motivation - and there are few situations as challenging as living with ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia. Alex discusses various ways of cultivating inspiration with the help of practitioners or self-inspired resources. Watch The Secrets to Recovery Movie at http://ww ...…
 
On the verge of the release of the Secrets to Recovery film, Alex reflects on the process of recovery from the patients that have been interviewed, and also the process of making a film - in that these projects take teamwork and collaboration. ME/CFS can feel like a very lonely journey, but Alex encourages being aware of all the members of your ...…
 
When we've invested so much hope and energy into various methods in an effort to recovered, it can be challenging to try new approaches. The Optimum Health Clinic takes a look at all various stages of recovery and can help you develop a personalised plan for sustainable health.
 
Sustainable recovery is the ultimate goal for the patients of The Optimum Health Clinic. Alex discusses the problems with miracle recovery stories and treatments that offer an overnight recovery. He also discusses the problem with "positive thinking" as an unsustainable practice. Realistic goals and a long term sustained practice with good habi ...…
 
While filming patients for the latest Secrets to Recovery documentary, Alex is reminded of the perserverance and hope that patients and family members have on the journey to recovery. Watch the film at http://www.secretstorecovery.com/movie/
 
Identifying when we might be trying too hard to be the perfect patient will help us recognize the achiever pattern and how it might actually hinder our progress. Recovery from ME/CFS requires us to recognize when we're trying to push instead of stay in a healing state and wait until we have genuine energy to do more. Alex offers some tips on ho ...…
 
With an isolating illness like ME, CFS or Fibromyalgia, it's important to find a way to stay connected to some sort of community. Alex gives some tips on how relationships may change and how to connect to new people on the recovery path.
 
Alex discusses The Optimum Health Clinic's approach to psychology and the philosophy behind the benefits of certain psychological aspects on the road to recovery from ME, CFS and Fibromyalgia. Alex also addresses the controversial ideas around treating ME/CFS with psychology, discusses some specific methods and their limitations, and encourages ...…
 
A diagnosis with ME, CFS or Fibromyalgia can be confusing to explain to friends and family when the invisible illness is so misunderstood in society. Alex talks about different ways you can help the people around you understand your illness and how they can help you manage and recover.
 
A more restorative sleep is essential in recovery from ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia and in this session, Alex talks about sleep as a reflection of our mind state during the day - and how we can take steps during the day to make sure we have a better, more restorative sleep at night.
 
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