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!


Important: The statements in this text are the result of my research from scientific studies, professional articles, books, courses, education and training as well as my own recovery process. I have done the best possible research, but nevertheless make no claim to accuracy. In science, something is considered a hypothesis until it is clearly proven (or disproven). That is then evidence, a fact. The statements in this text are a combination of hypotheses and facts.

Also, the content on this page is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for talking to your doctor or other therapist. Please talk to your doctor or therapist before making any decisions about your physical or mental health. Every way into a mind-body syndrome is something individual, and every way out.