Management – Energy Management & Pacing


In this leaflet, we explain how you can safely manage functional incapacity by using a management approach known as Pacing. It will help you learn how to live with M.E. without triggering an exacerbation of symptoms.

“Striking the right balance between activity and rest is one of the most difficult aspects of coming to terms with M.E.

“On one hand is the need to take an appropriate amount of rest and relaxation, especially during the very early stages, as well as during periods of relapse or an exacerbation
of symptoms.

“On the other is a natural desire to want to increase physical and mental activity when you’re starting to feel that some improvement is, at last, being made.

“Achieving the right balance also has to take into account the fact that exceeding your limitations by sometimes only a very small amount can easily cause an exacerbation of symptoms…”

Telephone Helpline

The ME Association telephone helpline – ME Connect – is available every day of the year, during the hours of 10am-12noon, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm. Please phone: 0344 576 5326 if you have any questions or would simply like to talk to someone who is there to listen.

Please note this leaflet is a download. You can read it on-screen and save to your computer, phone or other device and can attach it to any email you might need to send. But you will need access to a printer if you wish it printed.


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