Pushing Through When You Have No Energy Left

A chronic illness will drag you down. At times, you feel like a walking zombie. You have to force yourself to get out of bed and accomplish a task. It can be extremely difficult to run on no energy. Pushing through when you have no energy left is the only choice you have.

  • Getting through a day when you have no energy

When you have zero energy your body can feel like it’s completely holding you back. It’s almost impossible to get anything accomplished. What I like to do is the spoon theory. The spoon theory is a way to save energy. Each spoon represents a unit of energy and you can only use those amount of spoons for each day. If you run out, you can borrow one from another day. This really helps when it comes saving your energy and not over working yourself.

  • Don’t be afraid to take breaks

Don’t forget to take little breaks throughout the day. This will help you from not over doing it. I was afraid to take breaks in front of people for the longest time, because I tried to keep up with them. I’ve learned I cant keep up with everyone, and that’s okay. They don’t have a constant war going on in their body, you do. There’s nothing wrong with pacing yourself and taking care of your body. When you need to take a break, take a break.

  • Find motivation or inspiration to get you through the day.

When you are exhausted and hurting and you feel like you just need to give up, find motivation to keep you going. Find something or someone to inspire you. It could be your mom, a friend, a Quote, or a video; whatever you find that inspires you, let that motivation drive you. Don’t give up, and keep pushing forward. You’ve got this. ♡

Meet Chance- Future Service Dog in Training

Having POTS has really changed my life. I haven’t been able to walk without assistance for over a year, due to being extremely dizzy and uncontrollable chronic migraines. I also pass out a lot. My family and I made the executive decision to get a puppy and get him trained to be my service dog! The service dog will be able to assist me in public, and also be trained for when I’m home alone to be able to help me when I pass out; or incase of an emergency.

To be honest, I was nervous to even think about getting a service dog. I was afraid when I take him out in public people would judge me or stare. I realized that if a service dog will give me some independence, and be there to help me when needed- then I don’t care what people will think. I decided I need to do what’s best for me. I am home alone a lot, because I work from home. Due to passing out a lot and being dizzy, my family worry about me a lot when I’m alone and also try not to leave me alone for very long. A service dog will be able to help me in case of an emergency and also will be there when I need stability when I walk. I learned instead of caring what others think, I need to get out and live my life and not base my life on others opinions.

After searching for weeks for the perfect dog for me, I found one- a golden retriever. His name is Chance, and my boyfriend and I fell in love with him instantly!

He is super sweet, and we developed a bond right then and there.

When we first brought him home, we felt like we were bringing home a newborn home from the hospital. We

were all nervous on how it would go, and how he would fit in with our other dog and cat. It actually went better than I ever could have imagined.

Chance and my cat- Joey are now forever friends, and Max leads Chance like a big brother around the house.

He is a very playful puppy, and he loves to cuddle.

We put him in puppy class, so he can associate with other puppies and learn basic commands. He is a super quick learner, but he gets distracted easily. He has graduated puppy class and just started the intermediate class.

Chance is teething and definitely loves to chew up shoes! Fingers crossed that habit breaks soon! He tends be become a little crazy, but we can all use a little crazy in our lives. It has really been fun watching him grow up, and develop a personality. I can’t wait for our bond to become even closer as he grows.

This has been an unforgettable journey so far and I look forward to him being able to help me; so I can become more independent, and can go even just to the grocery store by myself. Chance has been the missing piece in my heart I never knew I was missing. My boyfriend and I have truly become a little family with our puppy and its been heart warming. I look forward to sharing my journey with you all.

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