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Coping with fatigue

The following are some tips for coping with fatigue:

  • If you feel up to it, and if your doctor permits it, try doing some light to moderate exercise each day (e.g., take short walks).
  • Plan your day to include plenty of rest (e.g., take several naps or breaks throughout the day).
  • Don’t push yourself – save your energy for activities that are most important to you, and do shorter versions of your usual activities.
  • Be sure to meet your basic calorie needs and drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. 
  • Avoid eating foods high in sugar – you will get a quick boost, but be even more tired afterward.
  • Try eating snacks high in protein (e.g., nuts, cottage cheese, lean poultry, tuna, salmon, peanut butter, protein shakes).
  • Check with your nutritionist or naturopathic practitioner about vitamin and mineral supplements.
  • Try using relaxation techniques to combat stress (e.g., deep breathing, meditation, visualization, music therapy, massage).
  • Avoid long, hot showers or baths.

NOTE: This information is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to making decisions about your treatment.