Pacing and overcoming fatigue

13) Overcoming fatigue

Rechargable batteries

Fatigue means extreme tiredness.

Fatigue and breathlessness, what helps you? Have you tried relaxation? Have you tried breathing control techniques?- if not speak to your healthcare team. Do you need some help to manage difficult or heavy tasks?

Recharge your body “battery” and allow your self to slow down for a while. Save some energy for later. You can call on your bank of energy when you need it most.

Review what are the most important tasks to you?

  • For example housework – would you rather make your bed or clean your windows if you can’t do both?

If you enjoy home cooked meals  try making an extra portion to freeze and reheat at a time when you feel less able to cook.

For information on managing fatigue see page 35 :

Moving on Together (MoT): A self-management workbook by NHS Ayrshire & Arran.

For more practical tips see: Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland factsheet: Coping with tiredness [.pdf].