A Complete Guide to Pacing for Chronic Pain
Some of you may have noticed that I didn’t put a post up last Monday reviewing week three of A Complete Guide to Pacing for Chronic Pain, but have no fear! Week three is coming to you in this post & week four will be up later today as well; next week will also bring you two posts, with an overall review the Monday after. I finished week 2 feeling excited about the final two pacing techniques, & felt a lot less sceptical that I did after week 1.
Choose A Pacing System (part 2)
In week 2 Esther introduced her students to pacing with an electronic tracking device, creating pacing rules & exercising on the edge; this week we were introduced to tracking your day in increments & quantified activity tracking. If you’ve heard of Christine Miserandino’s Spoon Theory then you’ll understand the concept behind these two systems easily as they share some similarities.
The two systems involve rating your everyday activities by how much energy they use, or by how much pain they leave you in; you’re then able to recognise what leaves you in a slump or what causes a pain flare up. Tracking your day in increments is a little time consuming at first, but is a very accurate way of finding out what you can do to help conserve your energy a little bit more. I like the sound of this system, but I am concerned about if I’ll have the energy to mark up my day when I get home from work – my job is also very varied so there would be a lot of different activities to include. My mum thinks this system would be beneficial for me though so I’d like to try it out.
Quantified activity tracking is a simplified version of increment tracking, & doesn’t take up as much time in general (although it does at the start) as you don’t focus on the everyday activities, but the things you do differently depending on the day or the occasion. I also like the sound of this system, but so far I’ve found the set up a little confusing – if the increment tracking doesn’t work for me I think I’ll definitely go back over this system though.
I’ve finished this week in awe of Esther; the amount of work she’s put into the resources for week three is incredible – she’s created very complex spreadsheets for her students to use for their tracking, which has taken a lot of the hard work out of it for us. I know for a fact that I wouldn’t have been able to create such a complex & perfectly set out spreadsheet myself, meaning I wouldn’t have been able to try either of the systems, so I’m really grateful to Esther for how much she has thought about this course.
Check in later on today for week 4! If you’d like to find out more about Esther & the chronic pain courses she’s created you can click here.