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MEMap Lighter Load is a mobile App for people with ME or CFS. It is designed to build a direction of travel from 'the rocky place where you find yourself'* to the flattest, easiest most rewarding and healing terrain you can find

* Description of ME by retired professor Tony Pinching, NHS consultant much loved by ME patients

Perhaps most people who experience ME for any length of time end up attempting to significantly alter their lifestyle to build recovery or lessen the impact of illness. A noticeable trend among ME recoverers is a rather personal journey towards a life that more effectively nourishes them and fits who they are. MEMap Lighter Load is a tool to make sytematic and imaginative reduction of stressors and building of wellness feel engaging and doable. The MEMap principle is simple: avoid anything depleting or stressful to the max, get every advantage likely to add some sense of wellness working in your favour. And try to create maps that capture and bottle your best strategies and most inspired thinking. So a load-lightening, life-enhancing direction of travel from difficult stuff to easier living can become a central part of every day.

Or put another way: "we are convinced of the value of taking a little time to bottle the best wisdom you have about finding easier wellbeing in our App, and using it to keep engaged with where you want to get to and anything standing in your way"

To get MEMap Lighter Load the link for your Android device is: Google play store

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MEMap is grateful for the generous support of:

Relaxation audio was written and produced, and very kindly donated to the project, by Linda Hall. Her understanding of ME and generosity towards those who experience it very much informs her great work. Click the logo for a link to Linda's Support Programme for ME/Chronic Fatigue & Fibromyalgia.

From stressors and anything that depletes, various ways are offered to keep making the transition towards your own 'big picture' version of what easier wellbeing should look like. IE:-

Tackle stressors, overload and anything that depletes

These could include:-

Any stressors: lifestyle stress, avoidable environmental stressors.

Worries of any kind.

The kinds of symptoms you could ease or soften.

Any load you carry. The deep stuff that may need professional support. The smaller stuff your poor health may be 'asking' you to offload.

Whatever depletes your energy and resources (include the demands or perceived expectations of others).

A format is offered to identify, express, get to know, and unpick anything of this kind which you feel gets in the way of living more consistently in a low load, low stress, easy-on-self, more relaxed healing space. Bring to life the great solutions you do have (and probably underuse), clarify what else you need, develop new strategies. The Reframe Map in the Lighter Load App is pre-populated with subject areas reported to be fruitful by ME recoverers. You can read about them in slightly more detail on this website here and here.

Make transitions from stressful depleting living to easier wellness

Build good habits to create a direction of travel from things that stress, over-load or deplete towards absolutely anything that promotes wellbeing or the most stressless relaxed living possible. The aim is to include any method or technique that works for and suits you. For example:-

The App includes a relaxation technique to dial stress down towards calmed, more centred healing states.

A visualisation technique uses the creative/emotional ('right') brain to create a journey from the difficult or uncomfortable place you are, to somewhere better - based on your own experience of an easier, healthier time in your life. This works because it is believed that, to a degree, a visualised state of being can have 'the same essential quality of experience in the body' as a genuinely lived state of being.

The App is designed to unleash your forensic, intuitive, creative skills to work your way around issues which add to your load, and identify and embed the things that do work for you.

The App helps you take advantage of the plasticity of the brain reported by neuroscientists: facilitate change by allowing your brain pathways to be as familiar as possible with lower load, easy-living, wellness-enhancing states of being.

Develop EVERYTHING that builds wellbeing and relaxed healing states

A Wellness Map is your own 'greatest hits' of ANY kind of connection, reminder, strategy or insight which may bring greater relaxation, easier health, happiness, focus or inspiration into the day. It could include:-

Inspiring 'aspirational' photos and descriptions that really speak to you about what healthy, easier, low maintenance living means to you. Develop your best motivational messages. Dare, even, to dream.

Reminders about how - and how good - the deeper relaxed healing states you DO find feel.

The creation of a very clear picture of EXACTLY what your fabulously healthy life is going to look like. Establish clear focus.

Your best day saving wisdom - what are the key strategies and life wisdom which work for you when a day is not going so well?