feel collapse might be coming on, but not sure if i'm just being wimpy

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   Posted 1/3/2007 7:40 PM (GMT -6)   
My fatigue has been slightly better lately. I see that I have more strength and stamina. I have even started doing some very gentle physical therapy in a warm water pool, where before I never had the strength The thing is, the last few days I feel my energy slowly getting lower and lower. I don't know if it is the holidays hitting me, or if it is that I am pushing myself a little too much once inklings of more strength were there. I have done that in the past, felt a little better then totally blew it and crashed. I don't want this to happen again, but I also don't want to be overreacting and not keep on top of things. Has anyone discovered how you know when you are destroying your progress?

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   Posted 1/4/2007 6:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I think it may be wise to trust your instincts. When I've overdone it I start to feel sort of panicked because the fatigue hits me hard the next day and for a few days afterwards. If you feel overwhelmed, my advice would be to give yourself a break, spend time doing quiet activities like reading or sewing or whatever you enjoy. Be kind to yourself. :)

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   Posted 1/5/2007 12:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I can never tell when I'm heading for a collapse. Each day, I wake up no knowing if it's going to be a good day or a bad day... and then when there are good days, I can't find any rhyme or reason to why it was a good day. I just try to do as bee33 says, when I have a bad day I try to take things easy and recoup for hopefully a good day.

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   Posted 1/5/2007 4:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Pasara, I know for myself I have to really try to pace myself. I know that a lot of times I make the mistake when I start feeling better of going overboard and doing too much, partly because I think I feel like I have to make up for lost time. When I do this I always crash. But then there are times I crash and I have no idea why. I read somewhere about something called a 10% rule that says to slowly increase your activity by 10% each week if you are up to it. So if you swam for 10 minutes a day this week, you could increase next week to 11 minutes if you felt up to it - that way you don't add too much at once.

If you feel like you are crashing, I think it's best to take a few days and rest up so that hopefully it won't take you too long to recover. I know for myself if I keep pushing myself through my fatigue I really crash.

I hope this is just a minor setback for you and that you are feeling better soon.

Take care

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