Tag Archives: pacing

OHC Live 101 – Dealing with overwhelm

In this Facebook Live session, Alex addresses a common worry amongst patients – especially with the recent Fatigue Super Conference – that when starting a new program or course there can be a feeling of too much overwhelm. Alex offers some tips on how to tackle information overload and also shares his vision moving forward […]

OHC Live 70 – Two types of pacing

Alex mentions a simplified view of two different kinds of pacing based on data and rational planning, versus the more intuitive body based way of pacing in the moment and what might be better for a certain stage of recovery. Sign up for a free information pack from The Optimum Health Clinic or sign up […]

OHC Live 91 – Healthy Living James’ recovery story

James became ill with ME CFS in 2010, so ill he was bed-bound and his father had to carry him to the hospital. With support from his family, James slowly has recovered to 85% over 9 years by listening to his body and pacing carefully, and is now sharing what he has learned about healthy […]

OHC Live 52 – Getting moving without pushing

In this Facebook Live recording CEO Alex Howard discusses getting moving without pushing in ME, CFS and Fibromyalgia recovery. The Achiever subtypes particularly can get caught up in over-doing patterns, so we need a new way to approach to break old habits and cultivate new helpful habits. Setting new goals versus recognising the achiever pattern […]

OHC Live 49 – Offensive vs defensive

After developing a stable baseline, Alex elaborates on how to bounce the boundaries and increase the energy envelope. He uses the metaphor of being on the offensive (pushing the boundaries with activity/new foods/new supplements/new tools) versus being on the defensive (retreat, recovery, resting, stabilising). This is for a very particular stage of recovery (later stage […]

OHC Live 44 – The 4 fundamentals of recovery

In this Facebook Live recording CEO Alex Howard discusses the 4 fundamentals of recovery from ME, CFS and Fibromyalgia from which to keep track of the recovery journey and build tools to move forward. 1. Do we have a baseline? (activity levels, pacing, a place from which to build) 2. Are we making progress over […]

OHC Live 40 – The danger of maybe

It can be a real challenge to decide whether to commit to future plans when we’re still working on our recovery from ME CFS or Fibromyalgia. Alex offers some tips about how to handle social commitments when you really don’t know if you’ll be well enough to attend. Sometimes saying “no” to others is really […]

Alice’s Recovery – I’m still aware of managing

Alice talks about how she continues to manage her energy while she is now symptom free, and how the lessons she’s learned along the recovery journey continue to evolve.  Pacing has become a natural part of her life in order to be mindful of her energy and health. Watch Alice’s full recovery story The Optimum […]

OHC Live Ep 009 – The Achiever Pattern

Identifying when we might be trying too hard to be the perfect patient will help us recognise the achiever pattern and how it might actually hinder our progress. Recovery from ME/CFS requires us to recognise when we’re trying to push instead of stay in a healing state and wait until we have genuine energy to […]

The Art of Pacing in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome CFS ME

What is pacing in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and ME? Pacing, like many aspects of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome CFS is not clearly defined and as a result, there is variation in the meaning and use of the term. In addition, it is actually a controversial therapy for chronic fatigue patients because the medical community and the […]