Fatigue is when you feel tired and have less energy. These feelings can be present when you wake up in the morning, after lunch, or really any time of day. They can interfere with your daily life and leave you frustrated, but they can also be conquered. Here are 5 things you can do to get your energy up:
1. Staying hydrated to fight fatigue
Dehydration can lead to feeling sluggish and less alert. We all need to be drinking water throughout the day, but hydration is especially important if you are undergoing chemo or radiation.
2. Making moves to fight fatigue
When you’re tired, exercise may be the last thing that you want to do, but it’s been shown to increase energy levels and can also help improve your mood.
Walking, when you’re up to it, is a simple place to start, but there are other things you can do on days when you feel so tired you can only do things sitting or lying down.
The health coaches at Pack Health, which prides itself in helping members reduce fatigue by 33%, actually send members with cancer stretch bands and stress balls. These tools are useful for low impact exercises that help maintain muscle mass. They also recommend chair exercises - simple exercises you can do while seated in a chair.
3. Eating healthy to fight fatigue
The food we put into our bodies also affect how we feel. We recommend using the “healthy plate” diagram as a guide. Omega-3-fatty acids, which are found in several types of fish and nuts, are also known to have energy boosting potential.
If you notice that your energy levels are depleting too quickly after meals, you might also want to try eating smaller portions about 5 times a day. If you’re struggling to get the nutrition you need because you’re not hungry, or having trouble keeping food down, find additional tips and tricks here.
4. Getting plenty of shut eye
This one may seem obvious, but not getting enough sleep through the night can result in fatigue throughout the day. Aim for 8-9 hours per night.
Also, try going to sleep around the same time each night. This will help you get into a regular sleep pattern. If you do not get enough sleep at night, try taking an afternoon nap- but try and keep in under 30 minutes. If you snooze too long in the afternoon, you might have a hard time falling asleep at night!
5. Refusing the myth that you’re powerless to fight fatigue.
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