Pacing is one of those fundamental things that I think all of us with fibromyalgia (FMS) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS or ME/CFS) struggle with. When we don't take it easy enough, our bodies eventually force us to take some down time -- by cranking up the volume on symptom after symptom until we can no longer function at all!
A reader recently left a great comment about pacing, especially around the holidays, with some advice that I certainly will try to keep in mind -- it's one of those simple things that can have a major impact on your life. Lucy wrote:
"Stop before you're ready to stop. If you go till you're too tired to do more then you'll crash. When you think 'I'll just do that 1or 2 more things, or visit 1or 2 more shops, or go up 1 or 2 more aisles' - don't! Thinking this is your cue that you should stop - works for me. Keep it simple. Decorate - but not as much, celebrate - but not as much, cook if you can - but not as much." -Lucy
That's a great approach to the holiday season and to your everyday life -- stop before you're ready to stop, and keep it simple. Thanks, Lucy, for sharing your wisdom!
What helps you pace yourself, and know when to say when? Have you been able to pare down your responsibilities and expectations to be more realistic? Do the people close to you understand why you have to do this? Leave your comment below!
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