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Managing your energy envelope

Wednesday 19 August 2009

Envelope in the sandThe CFIDS Association of America has published an article entitled Managing Your Energy Envelope. The article is by Bruce Campbell, PhD, and it appeared in the Fall 2008 / Winter 2009 issue of the Association's CFIDS Chronicle.

Here's an excerpt:

Managing Your Energy Envelope

By Bruce Campbell, PhD

How to identify and maximize the energy you have.

By examining the activities you engage in and how they affect you, you can begin to undferstand your individual energy profile.
9 strategies to help manage your available energy and use it to its greatest advantage.

When I was first ill with CFS, I experienced frustrating cycles of push and crash. I was active when my symptoms were low and then retreated to bed when they became intense. Living in response to symptoms, I felt like my life was beyond my own control.

Eventually, however, I found a way to bring stability to my life by determining my energy profile and pacing myself accordingly. To me, pacing means understanding my limits and then adapting to them. By staying within my limits, I reduced my symptoms, gained stability and started a gradual upward spiral that led to recovery.

Over time I developed my understanding of pacing and eventually put together a selfhelp course that uses an approach similar to one I learned at the Stanford Medical School. In the process of conducting 250 self-help groups over the last decade, I’ve seen the difference pacing strategies can make for people with CFS, and some clear ideas have evolved about how to create a personalized pacing program. Here are some of the key concepts.


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