Phases of chronic fatigue syndrome

Different things help different people at different times. Through the Release program, I have strived to create the most effective approach possible. But whatever state you are in, you have to build a relationship with your body, feelings, and intuition again. This does not imply that your inner guidance system will no longer guide you towards pain.

In this model of the five phases of recovery, you might see where you are currently at. This model merely aims to provide you with a general understanding.

If you read this while working on the Release program, take it easy; you will learn things over time. The program only works sequentially, as it builds on itself.

You can jump between states very fast. The final two stages are the healing and improvement stages. The re-integration phase is similar to the first symptomatic phase, but this time with more understanding.

After moving through the darkness of stress and resistance in ‘the pit’ and ‘wired and tired’, people can shift to the reintegration phase. They have worked hard to calm down, and sometimes they feel even more normal. They often mention a 70% or 80% recovery, but this is not really the case, as they were sort of in the same phase before their extreme stress levels screwed things up. It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that it was a diet or any other expensive treatment that helped them almost recover. Often, people even calm down despite having a rigid protocol.

What does it take for you to calm down the nervous system? It can be much simpler than you think. In the first part of the program, we will focus on relaxation and safety. The goal is to make you experience one of the healing phases more often. A healing phase doesn’t necessarily mean that you are feeling great; keep that in mind.

After that, we will work on the root cause behind the symptoms. This can cause stress to surface and make you shift phases, but that’s okay. You’ll know how to get back to good phases (faster and faster).

Phases of ME/CFSIndicationProcess
SymptomaticBasic symptoms, including fatigue, crashes, headaches, etc. Triggered by thoughts, situations, and emotions.
(Panicking about symptoms and energy.)
Try to do a release as fast as possible
Explore the unconscious mind
Tired and wiredFeeling stressed and being resistant to symptoms. A restless state with the need to distract yourself or put pressure on yourself.

Unregular heart-rate
Flue-like symptoms

Poor digestion
Sour throut or swollen glands
Poor sleep
Cognitive disfunction
Pain (muscle)
Post-exertional malaise
Food-sensitive reactions
You crave distraction and coping mechanisms.
You feel rushed.
Feel like a walking mind.
Stuck song in mind
Negative self-talk
Unpeaceful thoughts

Implement stress reducing habits
Stop distracting yourself
Try to do a release as fast as possible
Explore the unconscious mind
The pit
(Negative spiral)
Distraction and listening to the symptoms made you slide downhill very fast. You have become afraid of the symptoms and activities.
Everything from “tired and wired” to more extreme. Crashes and PEM get more intense. The comfort zone gets smaller, and you have severe exhaustion.
Understand the stress response and the symptoms
Implement stress reducing habits
Stop distracting yourself
Try to do a release as fast as possible
Explore the unconscious mind
No-man’s landExtreme sleepiness.
Acceptance realised.
Yawning, trembling, shivering, and bowel movements.
Don’t let the self-pity of perpetual illness consume you.
A different kind of fatigue (sleepiness is a sign of leaving fight or flight mode).
Heart rate calms down.
Less need for distraction.
There could be a slight shivering sensation in the chest.
Implement stress reducing habits
Enjoy your rest
Re-integration Same as the symptomatic state, but with more confidence and understanding.
More energy 
Some days feel almost normal.
You have learned to interact with the symptoms.
Positive expectation of the future.
heart rate becomes normal.

You are pacing and gradually building yourself up. 
You accept your limits as best as you can, and you see progress.

Implement stress reducing habits
Explore the unconscious mind
Do a release when needed
Enjoy yourself