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The Power of Declaring a 'Day of Low Expectations' in My Life With Chronic Pain

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I had such high hopes for today. The week had been good overall. My pain levels were low, I felt energetic, and so I assumed Saturday would be just like the rest of the days.

I had a few important tasks I wanted to do, all of which I categorized as “high brainpower tasks,” a category I use for things I know will be mentally demanding and I can’t just squeeze them in when I’m tired.

Turns out there’s research backing up my category of high brainpower tasks: when mentally exerting yourself, the brain uses up oxygen and energy, and you feel tired.

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