Dealing With Cancer-Related Fatigue
If you’re undergoing treatment for cancer, there’s a good chance you might be experiencing fatigue. Since every cancer patient’s treatment and reaction to it is different, the level of exhaustion is also an individual experience. Whether you’re totally wiped out or feeling slightly run-down, here are five ways to counter-act the fatigue:
REST … BUT IN MODERATION Make sure you leave time in your day to take a couple of short naps or a break of thirty minutes or less. Try to avoid long periods of daytime sleep. Even though sleep is important, too much can end up decreasing your energy level. Also, if you’re having trouble sleeping at night, speak with your doctor. It’s important to get enough zzz’s.
TRY TO STAY ACTIVE There may be some days when this is just not possible. But make every effort. Daily moderate exercise like walking or yoga classes (there are special classes available for cancer patients – check your local hospital or the Y) can actually ease fatigue. Some doctors have their patients see a physical therapist or exercise physiologist to figure out the best exercise program for their situation.
USE YOUR ENERGY WISELY You probably know you just have so much energy in the day before you feel wiped out, so plan ahead. Spread your activities throughout the day and take rests between them. You can save energy by not standing too long or by doing activities in extreme temperatures. Even long hot showers or baths can tire you. Save those for before you go to bed.