When living with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, pacing is key to managing your symptoms. That's easier said than done with the busy lives most of us lead, but with some effort, you can learn to pace yourself.
Why is Pacing Important with Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
Fibromyalgia (FMS) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS or ME/CFS) can really sap your energy. When your energy is low, each activity takes a greater percentage of the whole. As you've probably learned the hard way, when you overdo it, you pay a steep price.
I used to really push myself on good days, trying to catch up on everything. In one day, I'd try to do multiple loads of laundry, clean the kitchen, weed the garden and go to the grocery store. When my symptoms would start, I'd push myself harder, feeling like I had to get everything done before I felt so bad I couldn't do anything.
It wasn't long before I realized that only caused setbacks: one productive day would lead to three on the couch. Then I asked, How can I get everything done without making myself crash?
The answer is pacing. It takes practice, but after awhile, it gets to be second nature.
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