Jul. 11th, 2017

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I've been trying to update more often, but a bad side effect of chronic fatigue is losing sight of what might be interesting to say.

I recently mentioned to a friend that when one is in a bad situation, one should try to cheer and be motivated by tiny victories. A person trying to learn to walk after a spinal injury has to be glad to be able to do the tiniest of things that normal people take for granted, and see them, not as signs of loss, but as signs of progress.

I said this because I find people are more motivated by gains and rewards - and happier people strive longer and harder, and are more likely to be tired but satisfied after a long struggle, versus feeling beaten down.

Well - yesterday, I was doing very poorly but I went to bed at 8:45, and slept (albeit poorly) through the night. Today I had a fine day working, and came home with no energy for happiness or fun, but not exhausted either.

So now I know that about 10 hours of rest can take me from a bad day to a better one, at least sometimes. And while a 9pm bedtime *is* pretty early, the point isn't "I'm losing nearly two hours from my day!" - it's "I know that I can do something to take back some control." l

So: that's something to celebrate - probably tomorrow, because as I said, I don't have any real happy-energy today.
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