Sunday, November 11, 2007

Can You Improve Your Pacing?

As you read this post you will think I am repeating myself. Well, I am. Why? Because I know I struggle with pacing myself and I believe you do too.

The experience and management of chronic fatigue caused by fibromyalgia is different from the more commonly experienced acute fatigue with regard to specific relief measures and its causes. Management strategies we must utilize to reduce energy consumption and consequently delay the disabling effects of fatigue include the following:

Try doing less and please accept help from others to conserve energy. There are also recharging efforts such as, rest and medications. We can also enhance resistance to fatigue with the proper nutritional strategies, proper physical activities and stretching or exercising at our own pace.

I am always trying to think of ways that I can pace some of my activities. Sleeping well and resting. Persistent lack of sleep can produce emotional upheavals such as irritability, mood swings, and feelings of depression. So if you need help in this area, talk to your doctor.

Try getting into a routine of regular activities and sleep schedules. Go to sleep and get up at approximately the same time everyday, including week-ends. While they say naps can interfere with your sleep cycle, personally I have to take a nap during the day to survive. If you find it does not help you, stop napping.

Remember that just moving around will help to release tension and promote sleep. I am working on a worksheet for you to use that should be helpful. Please keep checking my site out for those worksheets.

I hope and pray someone listens to me and makes an effort to improve pacing.

Fibro Viv


Speedcat Hollydale said...

Uhh Ohhh... I'm BUSTED! (laughing)

I am guilty of the nap, and of sleeping in on a day off. You really are correct though, because then I'm up to late, and tired the next day. Good advice, I will work on this :-)

Fibro Viv said...

Thank you! I have trouble pacing and I know you do too! Slow down, your family needs you.

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