This is just a thread to list signals you have identified that help you to prevend going downhill in health because of pushing to much. I know everyone is different and we can't prevend everything but by posting what you have recognized as a signal to be extra aware it may help others to become more aware of possible triggers too. I am fully aware that we can't controle everything that happens to our health but any little bit we can, is worth sharing and might be of use to others. There are specific signals I get that clearly tell me I either already overdid or have to be carefull not to overdo and I was wondering what are those signals for others who have ME/CFS? It might be helpfull to get a better view at what signals to listen to to help us stay stable. Oh and I'm very aware that we all are different and what is a red flag for one may not be a red flag for someone else. And relapses or worse days (weeks, months, years) may occur regardless of how well we pace. Still it is interesting to do our own research and to share what we learned along the way to stay balanced as much as we can. Red flags when I have to be super alert and step back a little: Bowel movement: It will stop. I'm not always aware of it but if a day went by without it I know that I'm living on the edge. As if the body is saying if you deplete to much of my available energy I'm not going to digest anymore. Crossing my legs: When I'm in bed and I notice I'm crossing my leggs, or in other words supporting one leg with the other I know I'm in a danger zone. Tensing up: Sometimes I notice that I'm tensing up some muscles unnecesarrily. I think it has to do with the body not sufficiently regulating the warming of the muscles when the energy is low. When I have overspended my energy: Dreams: I will recall my dreams and it will usually be dreams about trying to find a place to rest. Or trying to find a way to transport myself. Having a lot of people around me who all seem to have more rights to that place. Grumpy: I will get a bit of a grumpyness out of the blue. Not consiously related to anything I'm doing. Heavy: Things I will pick up will seem twice as heavy as normal. A very awckward feeling as if nothing is the same anymore. Pain: Once I am in pain I have overspended for sure. I have lived in constant pain for years but now I'm usually doing pretty well and can manage it sufficiently by not overdoing. Sleeplessness: Once I'm over the edge even though so exhausted I will have a hard time sleeping. I'll get back to this when I think of more things. Wonder what signals there are for you all, that help you to know when to stop and when to go.