Pacing with Chronic Illness – CFS, M.E & Fibromyalgia
Chronic fatigue and Chronic Illness
Let’s talk Pacing, this is a very huge subject that I come across so often when I’m working with lovely clients that suffer with a Chronic Illness, such as Chronic Fatigue, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Fibromyalgia.
The theory sounds easy but putting this into practice can be a little harder but the key to this is, start small, persevere and experiment, as you’ll need to find what is going to work for you, without triggering your chronic illness to become worse, or essentially trigger a flare up.
Eventually you’ll be ready to increase your activity but still view this as you’re experimenting. Be really mindful whilst doing so, as this will allow you to really be in tune with your Mind and Body and allow you to realise when you may have pushed yourself too much and then you can use this as learning for the future, rather viewing this as a potential setback. You’ll know what you are able to manage and again gradually build upon this.
When you’re ready to increase your activity, continue to look at it as an experiment – be curious about what you can do, and if you realise you’ve pushed it too far look at this as useful feedback to learn from, rather than viewing it as a potential setback.
Write down your daily tasks
Pace your daily tasks strategically, as they will all use up a surprising amount of energy. You can split these into cognitive and physical tasks as this can help you prioritise what is realistically most important and manageable for each day.
I always find that writing down your typical day over a typical week first, so you can visually see what you do (it’s surprising that lots don’t realise how much they are actually doing, and this can be a big reality check). You can then start to implement the points above to help you find a balance that eventually will work for you.
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