Pacing: This is what helped me


Dr. Martina Melzer, published: 04/28/2022


Pacing means something like: Know your energy limit and - if possible - don't exceed it too often. For people with ME/CFS and Long Covid, this is so important to avoid an energy crash.

In the video, I explain how I've been able to incorporate pacing into my daily life to stop the constant deterioration of my condition.

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Key points from the video:

  • Determine status quo with activity logs and a fitness tracker to find out what takes the most energy - physically, mentally, emotionally.
  • Plan: divide up strenuous and less strenuous activities, throughout the day and week, schedule fixed breaks.
  • Prioritize: Ask yourself questions like "what is most important today?", "what can wait?", "do I have to do it now?", "do I have to do it all at once?", make a priority list and also write down there the things that are important for your recovery.
  • Accept help: Jump over your shadow and ask people for help. "Can you go shopping for me?", "Can you clean?", "Can you drive me to the doctor?". Take more time for your recovery.


PS: Of course, I research and check everything I write here as well as possible. Nevertheless, I am only human and make mistakes. In addition, I may draw completely different conclusions as someone else would. Simply because they fit my story. But every story is different.

Important: The content on this page is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for talking to your doctor or other therapist. The content reflects my personal experiences, research and findings that have helped me and that I therefore want to share. However, in your personal case, completely different things may play a role and other things may help. Please talk to your doctor or therapist before making any decisions that affect your physical or mental health. Also important: I don't want to convince anyone of anything here. Rather, I want to point out possible ways that hopefully can help some people to improve or overcome their ME/CFS or other syndromes.