Coping with Fatigue

  1. Plan your day. Be active at the time of day when you feel most alert and energetic.
  2. Save your energy by changing how you do things. For example, sit on a stool while you cook or wash dishes.
  3. Take short naps or rest breaks between activities.
  4. Try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Choose how to spend your energy. Try to let go of things that don’t matter as much now.
  8. 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.