7 ways to manage fatigue

Me and Dizzy have just done another little post forย Overcoming MS, on 7 ways to manage fatigue, which we thought we would also share here. ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

7 ways to manage fatigue

Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of MS, affecting around 80% of those diagnosed, and it can have a massive impact on day-to-day life. One of the problems is that fatigue affects everyone differently, and that can make it really hard to explain to others!

People with MS can be affected by fatigue both mentally and physically. It can range from feeling tired to having a complete lack of energy, which causes your body to feel super heavy. It can also make other symptoms worse โ€“ for me this means extra dizziness.

Unfortunately fatigue isnโ€™t something that we can completely get rid of, but there are ways of helping to manage it.ย Dizzy and Iย have compiled a little list of our top tips for helping to manage life with fatigue.

Sleep

Sleep, sleep and more sleep! Itโ€™s really important to get a good nightโ€™s sleep so that this does not cause an increase in fatigue. I find it helpful to โ€˜switch offโ€™ an hour before bed time, and to do something relaxing in this time, such as reading a good book.

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Prioritizing

By prioritizing tasks and activities it can help reserve energy levels for the things that we want or that are needed to be done. This is a tricky one, if youโ€™re like me you always want to be able to do more, but itโ€™s important not to overdo it.

Making a list of the tasks you need to complete each day and deciding which are the most important can also help with this.

Relaxing

Life is stressful for all of us, and living with a chronic condition can make it even more stressful. We canโ€™t avoid stress completely but we can take time out to relax.

Stress can cause an increase in fatigue so having stress-free times throughout the day can help to give us a little more energy.

Looking after you

Eating a healthy, well-balancedย diet and drinking lots of water are both important for helping with energy levels.

Exercising

For me, a lot of the time even the thought of exercising is exhausting. However, it has been proven that even a small amount of regular exercise can help to fight fatigue.

Sometimes itโ€™s not always possible to do much, but even some gentle yoga or stretching can make all the difference.

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Keeping cool

Heat can cause an increase in fatigue. If this affects you then it is important to try and stay cool throughout the day, especially in the summer!

Listening to your body

Listen to how your body is feeling and if you feel tired take the time out to rest.ย It can be really useful to have periods throughout the day to rest and have short naps (or two-hour naps if youโ€™re like meโ€ฆ).

This can help you to then have more energy during the rest of the day.

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What are your top tips for coping with fatigue? ๐Ÿ™‚ We’d love to know so we can add them to our list. ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

49 thoughts on “7 ways to manage fatigue

  1. watchingthedaisies says:

    These are all great tips guys. I love seeing Dizzy keep up with her yoga. Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day so I downed tools and went to the beach for a couple of hers and really relaxed. Today I feel less tired and got on with my blog. It is raining cats and dogs outside… ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒผ xxx

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  2. mybigredbumdiary says:

    I have ulcerative colitis and I have found that the fatigue is one of the hardest things to deal with because, unlike other symptoms, I can’t get my head around feeling guilty about needing to take naps during the day!

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    • dinosaursdonkeysandms says:

      Fatigue is so hard to deal with, and at times can be so limiting. It is really important to look after yourself though, and by having a nap you will probably have a little more energy later in the day. ๐Ÿ™‚ Don;t feel guilty, you’re just listening to your body and that’s super important. ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

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  3. Invisibly Me says:

    Fantastic tips, Dizzy! I think I’m the opposite with the heat (my body doesn’t regulate well and seems to be forever cold) and when I’m warmer I cope a lot better. Listening to your body and taking time to rest when it needs to is so important, especially when it’s easy to get frustrated and keep pushing when you’re just not up to it.
    Caz xx

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    • dinosaursdonkeysandms says:

      I have heard others with MS say the same too, that they’re better in the heat than the cold. Maybe I should have put cold down too… ๐Ÿ™‚
      And it’s true. I think we all try to push ourselves too much at time. But I do love a little nap in the afternoon. ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

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  4. Positively Alyssa says:

    This was so fantastic advice and will be very helpful! I am really bad at listening to my body and resting, but I am learning! I think I need a donkey like Dizzy to remind me about this daily! I will say I do my best on hot days to stay as cool as possible. The heat makes me feel absolutely horrible!! Thank you so much for these great tips!! I hope you and Dizzy have a great evening!

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    • dinosaursdonkeysandms says:

      Thank you Alyssa. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think we all struggle with listening to our bodies, especially when theres lots of things we want to be getting on with! I’m the same in the heat, luckily discovered magicool last year which really helps. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you’re having a great day! ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

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  5. anne leueen says:

    I love the little ones doing the yoga! The child pose is one I often do after a gym workout. I agree with you that it is important to get away from screens on computers or phones for an hour before bed. It lets my brain settle. And although I do not have MS there are times when I am stressed or have had very long days that I need to just block in some time off in an afternoon and have a NAP!! I don’t do it often but sometimes it is necessary to pay down my sleep debt with a nap.

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  6. CHRISTY ISTRATE says:

    This is a really great post! Thank you for sharing these great tips! I do get plenty of rest at night, but I should follow your advice and rest a little more during the day. Maybe 2 hours… yippee! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hydration keeps me going; I start each morning with a cup of lemon water, and I drink plenty of water and green tea throughout the day to keep my energy boosted.

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  7. Jeanette S. Hall says:

    Writing (actually typing, because I can not read my own writing these days!) lets me relieve stress. Most people are not type “A” like me. Have to complete my daily to-do list that runs in my head.

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    • dinosaursdonkeysandms says:

      My MS nurse recently said about forcing myself to do abit of exercise in the morning, and I must admit it is really helping. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m the opposite though. Half dead in the morning, and then I perk up in the evening! No idea why. xxx

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    • dinosaursdonkeysandms says:

      Heat can be a big one for people with all different conditions. Some people it can be the cold too though, so might be worth seeing if there is any pattern. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope these tips do help, I was diagnosed with ME over 10 years ago and just managed by sleeping most of the time… xxx

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