Hello! After being sick for 2 years, I've made a few adjustments to my management this month and I've seen some real improvement. I'm not talking recovery, just improving my pacing and able to push my limits a bit more. I thought I'd share what I've changed and ask you all what little changes have helped you all as well. Before this month I thought I was reasonably high-ish functioning. I could go out for 2 or 3 hours in the morning, then sleep all afternoon, and I could do that maybe 3 times a week. The other days would be total rest days. I couldn't exercise at all. I think I had become complacent in my management and pacing, reverting back to a bit of the boom and bust cycle. This was mostly because I wanted to be out in the world and having bigger outings, not realising it was setting me back. I think the most important change I made was adding two pre-emptive rests in the day – one in the morning before doing anything and one after lunch. I put on an eyemask, set a timer for 15 minutes and lie down and listen to music or tv. Here's a great article on pre-emptive resting http://www.cfidsselfhelp.org/library/4-nurture-yourself-with-pre-emptive-rest . I really feel like it's made a difference to me. Also, with the help of one of my favorite websites http://www.cfidsselfhelp.org/library/topic/Energy Envelope and Pacing , I got back to the fundamentals of pacing. I started doing smaller bits of activity spread out throughout the day, rather than blowing all my energy in the morning. I can still go out, but we try to reduce it to an hour or so, so I can still have some energy in the afternoon. After talking to people on the forums, I realised a bit of exercise is actually possible. I am able to walk for about 6 minutes, which is lovely just to get outside and have some alone time. I take frequent breaks while walking and drink loads of water. I can also lift 500g weights when the weather isn't good for walking. I don't exercise on days when I might have already been walking around, like if I've been to the grocery store. I have not experienced any negative symptoms from this light exercising, and feel I could gradually increase it a bit. Lastly, I've improved my diet a bit. It wasn't that bad before, but I love to bake. So now I've cut down to baking half a batch of something once a week, or taking my treats to friends or our support group. We're also eating more vegetables with our dinner, as we live near a wonderful fresh market. I'm also snacking a bit more frequently on healthy things, so I don't become ravenous and eat loads. Now I am able to do a bit more throughout the day. I can go out for an hour or so, and still be able to do some housework, some diy and crafting, and maybe even have a shower or exercise– all in the same day! As long as I pace myself and get my rests in, of course. It feels great, rather than just being able to go out for a few hours in the morning and then feel awful all afternoon. I just wanted to share this with you all as I was starting to feel quite powerless with my illness. But with these minor changes, I've been able to do a lot more throughout the day, and I feel I've regained some control. As with anything to do with ME, what worked for me may not work for you. I was just really excited to share this on the forums, as you all can appreciate how it feels when you feel a bit better than usual. What are some small changes that have helped you all?