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Do More and Feel Better? Let’s Talk About Pacing. Ampersand Health

Every single day there are things that we have to get done. From our jobs, to our personal lives, to everything in between, the list of things 'to-do’ can be long and ever-growing.

The worst part? Everything feels like a priority. We have to work, we have to take care of family, we have to keep our homes clean - we simply have to get things done. However, when we try to do all of these things as quickly and efficiently as we can, we often find ourselves burnt out. When living with a chronic illness, this feeling of having limitations can be even more obvious to us, because when we surpass our energy threshold, pain, fatigue and other negative symptoms can increase or worsen.

This leads to the question: Can we do everything that we want to do without burning out? The short answer is yes, definitely. How? Through pacing. No, not the kind of pacing you do when you’re nervous about something that’s about to happen, or the one you associate with waiting rooms and moments of panic.

Pacing is the act of spreading out your activities and actions across your day, taking time in between to recharge, with the ultimate goal of avoiding feeling burnt out, in more pain and experiencing more fatigue. The cycle that many people get stuck in usually looks like:

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Overactivity which leads to pain and fatigue which leads to being forced to rest to reduce the negative symptoms. And it’s just that - a cycle. Thankfully, cycles can be broken. So, how do you start using pacing in your everyday life to achieve more in your day or week? First, decide what a sustainable day looks like to you. What can you manage to do that seems reasonable? Then, space your activities out from one another. If taking a break between your morning routine of getting ready and sitting down to work will help you maintain your energy - then prioritise taking that break. Remember, by doing things at a more reasonable pace with breaks in between, you will achieve more in your day and will avoid that feeling of ‘crashing’ that happens to everyone from time to time.

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In this third issue of Spoonie Mag, we invite you to learn more about the idea of 'pacing'. We begin to move away from the expectations of...

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