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How To Manage Fatigue

How To Maximize Use Of Energy

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While experience shows that it is advisable to conserve energy and only use it as necessary, conservation needs to be balanced with spending energy during the day so that normal fatigue helps you sleep. Tips which have worked for other people incude:

  • Prepare a schedule each day
    • Plan your day so you don't overwhelm yourself. Be realistic about what you can and cannot do.
    • Divide your "to do" list into things that you need to do today and things that would be nice to do. Keep "nice to do" on hold until you're feeling more energetic.
    • Schedule more strenuous or high energy activities during peak energy periods
    • Spread activities throughout the day to prevent over exertion and loss of energy reserves
    • Balance light and heavy tasks
    • When possible, give priority to what's important to you versus what's important to other people.
  • Delegate responsiblities and chores to other people whenever possible, especially less valued items and items which are fatiguing
  • Identify energy depleting activities
  • Look for ways to use less energy when going about your activities. For example:
    • Consider sitting on a chair in the shower 
    • Sit on a stool with wheels in the kitchen.
    • Drag or slide objects rather than lifting them.
    • Make meals which are easy to prepare.
    • Cook more than you need and freeze the rest for another meal.
    • Shop online.
    • When you go grocery shopping (per Cancer Care):
      • Shop at less busy times so you won't have to wait in long lines.
      • Organize your list in the order you'll find the items in the supermarket.
      • Ask for help getting your bags to the car.
    • At work and at home, place things that you use often within easy reach.
  • Stop before you feel tired.
  • Choose family activities that allow you to sit down and relax while participating.
  • Choose activities that involve less expenditure of energy, such as reading or listening to music.
  • Eliminate all unnecessary tasks
  • Do what you can to maintain energy levels to prevent progressive loss of function
  • Retrieve all items needed to do a task before beginning the task
  • Avoid rushing
    • Work at a steady pace.
    • Allow enough time to perform a task.
    • Know your limitations

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