The following is a review of the Supercharge Your Power to Heal Yourself course. I was given access to the course for free in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.
As many of you know, I was recently MIA from writing and blogging for nine months due to a spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak. During that time, I was confined to bed for around 20+ hours a day because I would get a severe headache and neck pain anytime I stood or sat up for more than a few minutes.
This was the first time in my life I’d been incapacitated for so long, and the experience gave me new compassion and understanding for my fellow chronic illness thrivers who are bedbound due to their symptoms.
I can honestly say I don’t think I could have gotten through that ordeal without the gentle, calming wisdom of my friend and coach Julie Holliday from ME/CFS Self-Help Guru. I’ve completed several of Julie’s free workshops/challenges and paid courses over the past year, and her teachings surrounding self-care, self-compassion, mindfulness, energy management and living an inspired, meaningful life in spite of chronic illness were exactly what I needed during my healing journey.
Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to participate in Julie’s Supercharge Your Power to Heal Yourself program. This four-week online program uses journaling prompts, which take about 5-10 minutes each day to complete, to create a plan for living better with chronic illness. Week 1 entailed an assessment of how well I was currently handling my energy, nutrition, hydration, overall emotions and other chronic illness-related categories. During week 2, we explored where I could be if I was extremely skilled at managing each category. In week 3, we looked what steps I could take to bridge the gap between where I was currently and where I wanted to be. The course culminated in week 4 with choosing one small step from each of the categories and then devising a plan for implementation.
By the end of the course, I had a blueprint of small steps I could take to improve my life with chronic illness. This was extremely valuable because the course forced me to shorten my ever-growing “to-try” list of tools and treatments and prioritize those that were most important.
It also helped me avoid overwhelm because I tend to be one of those people who procrastinate when a particular change feels too big. As a result of the course, one of the changes I’ve made involves daily hydration. For years, I’ve known I need to drink more water, but I’ve put off addressing it.
I had various excuses for why I was procrastinating, but at the end of the day, it really came down to the fact that “drink more water” is a vague goal, and I hadn’t taken the time to figure out the specifics of how to implement it. Because it was so abstract, it kept getting pushed down on my priority list until I felt I had more time to deal with it.
But Julie’s Supercharge program changed that. Through the daily prompts, I was able to map out a series of small steps to finally achieve my goal of better hydration. The daily journaling forced me to think about how I might increase my water intake, and then helped me break the goal down into manageable chunks.
My goal was to drink at least half of my body weight in fluid ounces each day (about 60 ounces). A lot of people use paper or electronic habit trackers to monitor their water intake, but I knew my foggy brain would never keep up with tallying amounts each day. I also didn’t want to splurge on a fancy, new water bottle because I’m trying to pay off debt after being out of work for so long. I decided to use some quart-size Ball canning jars that were taking up space in a kitchen cabinet.
Once a week, I fill up the Ball jars with water and electrolytes, and store them in the door of my refrigerator. Each day, my goal is to finish at least one jar. I also typically drink a couple of bottles of kombucha, a mug of dandelion tea (for ongoing high pressure headaches) and a few ounces of juice when taking supplements. Altogether, I’ve increased my fluid intake to about 70+ ounces a day. I’m pretty sure that’s about double of what I was initially drinking! My next “small step” is to add another pint of water each day.
The daily Supercharge prompts were instrumental to me finally crossing “drink more water” off of my to-do list, and I believe my overall health is benefiting from that simple change.
Julie plans to offer her Supercharge program (10% off with the code SC10%DGB at checkout) again in June, but you can get a taste of her teachings by signing up for her free five-day Boost Your Belief, Maximise Your Motivation challenge, which starts this Monday, May 27.
This free challenge is for you if:
- You struggle to do what you know could help you to feel better
- You don’t quite believe in your power to make change
- You can’t seem to prioritize your self-care
- Your belief and motivation could use a boost
Julie explains a bit more about the challenge in this video.
In the meantime, here are a few of my favorite articles from Julie’s ME/CFS Self-Help Guru site. Hope you enjoy!
ME/CFS and relaxed effortlessness (If you’re constantly overdoing it, this concept could change your life!)
To the person newly diagnosed with ME/CFS (The advice from this article applies to fibro, Lyme and similar illnesses, too.)