No, pacing isn't walking
. It's a method for dealing with illnesses like chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. Too often, we try to push through the pain and fatigue, telling ourselves that we need to be "productive", and then we fall into a heap with even worse fatigue, pain and exhaustion. It sounds to me as if this is what you're experiencing.
Pacing involves examining yourself and determining what you *are* able to do each day without hurting yourself. This becomes your "envelope" and you try not to push yourself beyond that, because you know that you will suffer for it. You *can* increase your envelope through training (just like an athlete), but you need to do this slowly and carefully - in other words, don't do twice as much as you normally would today, just because you're feeling a bit better, because you *will* pay for it tomorrow.
Alternate between hard activities and easier ones: for instance, maybe only vacuum one floor, and then sit down and make a telephone call, and then vacuum another floor.
Break any big jobs into smaller, easier tasks. I often only wash a few dishes at a time, and then sit down and rest. I don't kill myself doing a whole day of gardening: instead, I've worked out how long I can spend out there without doing myself damage (for me, it's about
10-15 minutes), and try to do that much each day, and then stop. I don't iron a whole basket of laundry at once; instead, I just do a few things and then stop.
Make sure you have lots of little rests throughout the day. It may only need to be for two minutes, but lie down, in silence, with your eyes closed, as often as you can. With experimentation, you will work out for yourself how much rest you need. Yes, I *know* this is difficult with littlies in the house, but I do think that even 1-2 minute rests might be possible, and I think they may make a lot of difference to your energy levels. I find that it also makes a huge difference to my pain: I stop and lie on the floor the minute I feel a nasty twinge, and do relaxation exercises for a couple of minutes, and quite often the pain disappears after that.
Links for you to read:http://www.recoveryfromcfs.org/]http://www.recoveryfromcfs.org/http://www.cfidsselfhelp.org/library/pacing-an-alternative-push-and-crash
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