Besides having a baseline for living a pace of grace, it is necessary for me to have rules that I follow. When I don't apply these rules the majority of the time, there are consequences.
Here are a few of my rules Be in bed by 9:30-10 with lights out by 10:15pm. No computer after 8:30pm. Rest for 45-60 minutes daily, once in AM, once in PM. Don't demand more than my body can give me. Only use 50% of the energy I have on a given day. Pause and listen to what my body is telling me throughout the day.
There are more I need to add, and I am working on that now.
Here are a few others things that are important to remember Feeling better is dangerous. ( We tend to overdo when we have more energy.) CFS/ME/Lyme does not reward forced perseverance! Our bodies are always optimistic....we can do less than we think! Phone calls are always draining. Adrenaline surges are always fake energy. 2+ 2 does not always =4.......We can do it all and still end up in a crash. It is just the nature of this beast we call CFS/ME/Lyme. Tomorrow is another day!