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.