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Pacing and energy-management

Pacing and energy-management

Surveys by Action for M.E. and other M.E. charities have consistently shown that the majority of people with M.E. find that pacing (ie. managing physical, mental and emotional activity and rest) helps them to manage their illness.

When pacing, patients organise their day into sustainable activity and regular rest, helping them to avoid setbacks. It gives stability and a sense of control, making things more predictable and enhancing confidence.

The key to pacing lies in understanding what is meant by available energy, types of activity, rest, finding a baseline, and planning and setting realistic goals.

Useful resources include:

  • Action for M.E.’s Pacing for people with M.E. booklet, widely used by M.E. patients and healthcare professionals. 
  • CFS/M.E. therapy: good practice, published by the British Association for CFS and M.E. (BACME)