Asthma, pacing and overcoming fatigue

9) Barriers to pacing

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  • Ignoring what your body is telling you.
  • Getting caught by old habits and routines.
  • Not saying “No”, or negotiating with others what is right for you.
  • Being fearful of symptoms. This can then lead to avoidance behaviours. Disrupt daily activities and plans. Then there is the risk of getting stuck in peak / trough, and not doing enough to support your continued well being.
  • Feeling overwhelmed by symptoms which may affect your mood.
  • If you are struggling to put pacing into practice you are not alone.
  • The application of pacing can be a challenge. You may be trying to change lifetime habits and ways of doing things.
  • Speak to someone, a friend / family member , or health care professional – a problem shared and talked through can often offer new solutions.