Rest: a key component in healing and keeping symptoms at bay when facing a chronic illness.
We all know we need it.
We likely crave it.
Many times, our bodies won’t let us go without it for too long because there’s crippling fatigue involved in the challenges we face.
However, even though I know that rest is essential in my battle with Lyme Disease, I often find myself unable to adequately rest. Even when I want to rest badly enough that I’d give up almost anything for it, I still fall short when it comes to resting well.
Why is this? How could something so simple be incredibly difficult to actually obtain, especially when I spend the majority of my time in bed (the place where rest is supposed to happen)?
It may seem crazy that even though I “rest” all the time, up until I got serious about being kind to myself, I rarely felt like I was actually resting when I rested.
There are many contributing factors to this, including the symptoms of fatigue and insomnia that come along with Chronic Lyme Disease, however, I’ve recently realized that it goes deeper than that.