A stressful lifestyle can cause a variety of debilitating disorders one of which is CFS chronic fatigue syndrome, myalgic encephalomyelitis, ME or persistent fatigue. However there are studies that show working from home may help reduce your symptoms dramatically.
Up to date studies have revealed this neurological illnesses severity.
Due to sufferers keeping a diary of their illness patterns and CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) on the increase the illness is becoming much more accepted in GP circles. So sufferers are finding that there is much more help out there, helping towards a positive outlook with this illness, as a factor of CFS the problem being there is no diagnostic laboratory test or cure. With the help from better understanding and a more determined resilience from the sufferer they are finding new ways to cope with CFS/ME related symptoms.
Professional people who have unfortunately had to give up long term carers because of ill health symptoms related to CFS have become more common, probably due to a better understanding of the illness. This has led to an outcry for new ways to help with the symptoms one of which is, sufferers may find that working from home in a relatively stress free environment will reduce their symptoms dramatically. Inevitably this has led to some sufferers who would like to continue working finding that working from home is there only option.
Interestingly studies have shown this may help with the symptoms of CFS more than was expected
- Self-esteem: improves, the sufferer finds a way to continue with his/her career.
- Sleep patterns: are effected as most sufferers know that they have a random sleep pattern, any improvement in this area is a positive thing.
- Recovery: sufferers find they have more control over there working hours so can listen to their body more intuitively therefore pacing themselves by choosing their own working hours
One such sufferer of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome reported working as a freelance teacher at home has increased energy levels, improved confidence, sleep patterns, and an increased income... all after just one year of working at home
With the increased strain on the government to support people on sickness related benefits to lead a normal life, we cannot ignore self help strategies like this, that make an impact on CFS treatment. They must support people in finding a way back into work as an estimated 250,000 people suffer from CFS in the UK alone. The example of the sufferer who continued working from home has now reportedly gone back to a working environment because of her understanding of her own pain levels and limits.
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