What Can I Do to Help My Fatigue?

Caregiver Easing Fatigue by Spending Time with Family

To effectively manage caregiving responsibilities and nurture your well-being, implement these essential tips for health: stay active throughout the day and prioritize tasks.Activity:

  • If you are at home with your loved one and s/he takes a nap, try and take one then, too, but for no more than half an hour.
  • Ask someone that you trust to stay over and care for your loved one so you can get some uninterrupted sleep.
  • Stay active during the day.
  • Set priorities for your activities throughout the day.
  • Try not to overload your daily to-do list.
  • Get at least 15 minutes of physical activity every day, such as walking.
  • Talk with your healthcare provider about what exercises are right for you.
  • See if you can get some help (paid or volunteer) with household chores, so that you have some relief.
  • Get out and enjoy a fun activity.

Diet:

  • Eat nutritious healthy snacks throughout the day, such as a bowl of fruit, vegetables, or cheese.
  • Maintain a healthy diet.
  • Avoid high fatty foods and fried foods before bedtime.
  • Keep your hydration up by drinking water or other decaffeinated fluids.
  • Avoid caffeine before bedtime.

Psychological:

  • Try relaxation therapy, guided imagery, and meditation.
  • Join a support group. Support groups can provide suggestions and reassurance in a safe environment.
  • Communication:
  • Keep the lines of communication open with your loved one and share the level of fatigue.
  • Share your feelings with your loved one and friends.

Share your feelings openly with loved ones and consider joining a support group for additional tips for health and emotional support while caregiving.