Coping with Fatigue
- Plan your day. Be active at the time of day when you feel most alert and energetic.
- Save your energy by changing how you do things. For example, sit on a stool while you cook or wash dishes.
- Take short naps or rest breaks between activities.
- Try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day.
- Do what you enjoy, but do less of it. Focus on old or new interests that don’t tire you out. For example, try to read something brief or listen to music.
- Let others help you. They might cook a meal, run errands, or do the laundry. If no one offers, ask for what you need. Friends and family might be willing to help but may not know what to do.
- Choose how to spend your energy. Try to let go of things that don’t matter as much now.
- Think about joining a support group. Talking about your fatigue with others who have had the same problem may help you find new ways to cope.