Are you spent, the first chapter asks. Do you feel unusually tired most of the time? Does your mind continue to race despite feeling physically exhausted? Do you have trouble concentrating and focusing? Do you find that you get sick more frequently and that it takes longer to recover? All of these questions and many more spoke to me like a naked selfie speaks to Kim K. I’ve had the Revive book by Dr Frank Lipman for a while now and having read it through once I’ve decided to try the programme. It takes six weeks and overhauls your lifestyle,…

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As I write this I’m on a train from London to Brighton having started my day at 5am to make a client workshop in London at 8.30am which lasted until 6pm, followed by a quick catch up with my best friend who lives in London (so it’s the perfect opportunity to see her), followed by work emails on the train, followed by reviewing a document for another big client meeting tomorrow morning, with a quick phone call to my boyfriend to let him know I’m on my way and can walk the dog, followed by a quick rub of my…

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*disclaimer: everyone’s pain is different, so these are the things I know. Please do let me know in the comments of any new ones unique to you. It’s a BITCH (had to get that one out the way early). Not everyone will ever truly understand it no matter how you try to describe it, but you’ll find some people in your life who will almost get to know better than you when a bad day is coming just by looking at you (boyfriend, mum, dad in my case). It’s REAL. VERY, VERY REAL. Let no one tell you otherwise. Your…

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One of the reasons I started actualanna was to document my bid to get back to full health and so I thought it might be useful to explain how my illness came about to begin with. First, a bit of background: I’ve always been an energetic person, I’ve always said yes to everything and been the type to book in wayyyyy too many things on consecutive days, committing to too much but doing it with a good heart, not wanting to let anyone down or miss out on the fun. At school I took on several jobs plus tackling A…

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