The ME Diary allows a user to find their Activity Baseline as quickly as possible.
An Activity Baseline is the amount of activity a person living with ME/CFS can perform on a daily basis without any additional adverse affects. This means a person can perform the same amount of tasks on a good day as they can on a bad day, without any additional ME/CFS related symptoms.
The Baseline is presented as a percentage. Zero % means activity and functioning are severely affected while 100 % equates to optimum functioning without any ME/CFS related symptoms or exhaustion..
100 % functioning does not equate to the equivalent of a top class athlete it relates to normal functioning. Your functioning before you became unwell with ME/CFS.
Your chosen Baseline will be displayed on the ME Diary Welcome Page. After one week of recording data, the diary will calculate a suggested Baseline. The recommended Baseline will now also be displayed on the Welcome Page. The recommended Baseline will change intermittently according to your activity and exhaustion levels (depending on how long you have set the diary).
Remember following a suitable Baseline may prevent you from unhelpful boom and bust patterns and frequent bouts of Post-Exertional Neuroimmune Exhaustion (PENE). You may still experience fluctuations within your energy levels, although these should be less severe. PENE is described in more detail within the ME Diary User Guide.
We hope that you learn to identify your Baseline as quickly as possible. This will allow the process of healing to begin.
Remember to include rest frequently in your day in a pleasant safe environment.