- How do you know when you need to rest?
- Have you learned to work in short spurts with rest periods?
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Working at Your Energy Level
When inactivity is about to drive you crazy, and you have to do some housework or bust, jump in gradually.
When trying to return to your normal activity level, rest in between jobs.
I rested between everything I did. I did not work for 15 minutes at a time, because my body made it obvious it is not back. I could feel the weakness and lack of energy; however, even with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, the muscles will become weaker if not used. Those of us with ME/CFS walk a fine line between using our muscles and not over exerting ourselves. We need to use our muscles, then rest.
Smile. You accomplished something! Then, relax and sleep well (hopefully).
I find myself more comfortable with myself if I put in a little effort, according to what I am able to do at the time. I cannot always be thinking of myself as behind, because that is an indicator I have unrealistic expectations of what I should be doing. I have also found I sleep better if I am active; however, if I do more than my body is able to do at the time, I often end up unable to sleep. The fine line I do not want to cross is always there. So what is the best way to know when to stop?
Learn to listen to your body. It will tell you when to rest if you listen.
I wish I had a magic formula to give you; however, there is none that I know of. This is a self-learned, trial and error ability. Often, one runs into problems when the adrenaline rush of expecting company or wanting to do something so very much, he or she ignores the warning signs that pop up.