What Can I Do to Help My Fatigue?

Activity:

  • If you are at home with your loved one and s/he takes a nap, try and take one then, too, but for no more than half an hour.

  • Ask someone that you trust to stay over and care for your loved one so you can get some uninterrupted sleep.

  • Stay active during the day.

  • Set priorities for your activities throughout the day.

  • Try not to overload your daily to-do list.

  • Get at least 15 minutes of physical activity every day, such as walking.

  • Talk with your healthcare provider about what exercises are right for you.

  • See if you can get some help (paid or volunteer) with household chores, so that you have some relief.

  • Get out and enjoy a fun activity.

 

Diet:

  • Eat nutritious healthy snacks throughout the day, such as a bowl of fruit, vegetables, or cheese.

  • Maintain a healthy diet.

  • Avoid high fatty foods and fried foods before bedtime.

  • Keep your hydration up by drinking water or other decaffeinated fluids.

  • Avoid caffeine before bedtime.

 

Psychological:

  • Try relaxation therapy, guided imagery, and meditation.

  • Join a support group. Support groups can provide suggestions and reassurance in a safe environment.

 

Communication:

  • Keep the lines of communication open with your loved one and share the level of fatigue.

  • Share your feelings with your loved one and friends.