ME/CFS: Pacing 2.0 - mistakes and tips after 3 years


Dr. Martina Melzer, published: 06/12/2022



Pacing was the first step towards healing and is still important 3 years into my recovery journey. Being perfectionistic and always wanting to do everything 150 percent correct, I took pacing very seriously in the beginning. In the meantime, I handle it differently.

In the video I tell you mistakes and tips that might help you too! The video is in German. To watch it in other languages please go to the settings button, activate the subtitle, go back to it and choose language.



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The most important points from the video:

  • Biggest mistake: I was far too perfectionistic in my approach to pacing, putting myself under a lot of stress and pressure! This is quite counterproductive in ME/CFS, just as in other fatigue diseases!
  • Another problem: Despite hours in bed and on the couch, I could never really switch off.
  • Pacing 2.0: I deal with it in a much more relaxed and flexible way. I listen to my body and go more by my gut feeling when I need a break and what it looks like. I really try to be in the moment as much as possible during rest breaks and calm my racing mind!


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.