Hey matey, I have different situation but same dillema - fit and healthy prior, went in positive, then after first session it hit me like a sack of potatoes.... Savage headaches, energy levels in the negative, and a handful of other rubbish side-effects. Will be different for everyone no doubt. Many have it worse. Back on point - Energy Levels - for me; after the Second Session I had far less fatigue, so fingers crossed for you too! Still there, but I haven’t been dragging my feet anywhere near as much and even making it the whole day without being completely shattered. Here’s my version of dealing with it all Exercise I agree with Budgie - exercise helps, even a 10min wander and build up gradually. And also – I pull back whenever I feel low, but I always get out the door. Such a game-changer for my body and my mind! Prior to treatment I exercised 7-10hrs a week... Now its a 10-20min stroll in the AM, conserve energy during the day, work as much as I can - resting whenever I need to (plenty of breaks), then another 10-15min walk in the afternoon if I could manage it. Even if the weather is rubbish (I rug up as needed, it's only water/wind). Managed a short bike ride recently without major fatigue after - but I'm not getting ahead of myself - baby steps. Hydration This is key. I drink water like uh... well the best way it was put to me was... "hydrate like you are heading into a pissing contest....." Yep foul, but cheeky. It was funny enough to me to paint the picture, so to speak… drink… loads… of… water… and it worked. Nutrition Gut health can have a massive impact to our wellbeing also – I fuel myself with loads of good food – well I try as best I can to cook from scratch, and limit pre-made packaged goods – generally they have nasties to keep them ‘fresh’. 80/20 works for me. Good vast majority of the time, but I’m not going to stress over the little bit of ‘not so good’. Scrap the alcohol and sugary drinks - makes a big difference also! Sleep I prioritise quality sleep as often as possible. I do struggle with this with 3 little ones so it's off the bed pretty early to combat their wake ups every night. Bowels Hydrate to clear my body of toxins, but don't forget to ensure I poo, daily! Get that waste out (can't emphasis this enough). Help Take it, whenever it’s offered. My ego had to take the back seat. There will be people close that want to help. It’s hard for those not going through it to just sit and watch. To help makes them feel good that they are contributing in some way to better our lives, no matter how little - so let them. I’ve had a neighbour mow my lawn, another cook a meal for me, and the fam take the kids for the night. Every little bit helps to reduce my stress level and each bit of support conserves my energy! Mental Health Stress less – looking after my head is key too. Wherever possible I have dumped negativity from my life - media in particular, but even people too! Surrounding myself with positivity has been a good thing. And have laugh! Plenty of jokes and comedies instead, gets the feel good juices flowing through the veins. Music it such a great influence too – what an incredibly positive change to my mindset has my favourite song, almost instantly! Lastly, I'm far was from interested in the hippy-dippy flower power love and mung bean alternatives in the world, but the likes of mindfulness apps can really help clear the crap from my head too - I'm partially converted. It's serves a purpose and has worked when I needed it. I'm even trying Yoga to keep on top of the physical wellbeing and mental wellbeing in one. Reminders I'm a bit of a data geek and I check in on wellbeing (head and body) to keep aware of the keys things to look out for to prevent rather than be forced to repair, but also enforce good habits. I put notes on the bathroom mirror to remind me each day. Hope it helps. Cheers, with fake beers and mocktails
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