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Thanks, @Cheesus - that's very helpful to know. I've been that bad but not for some time. A bit of a relief that I might not have to rest quite as much to get an effect! I'm planning to start tomorrow and maybe rest 10 mins per 30 mins at first, and see how that goes.
A few days ago I tried 15/30 and it was awful.
Wondering if people have ARTed successfully by resting in small bits frequently or in huge chunks?
I tried the "small bits frequently" method yesterday (20 mins active, 10 mins rest) and never felt rested - and couldn't stick to it completely because you can't eat a meal in 20 mins. Wondering whether to go for some epic stints in the middle.
this rest thing takes time to work, you could need to be doing it for a couple of weeks before really starting to notice some improvement.
People that do ART, usually use longer resting periods (as well as may be using shorter ones through out the day too), I see ART as being slightly different to this other thing which seems more about pacing rest and activity.
I've just been having a lovely little fantasy. What if the psychiatrists had decided aggressive rest therapy was their chosen treatment instead of graded exercise therapy. I wonder whether we'd all be now thanking them instead of (quite rightly) attempting to rip them apart.