Fatigue and Cancer


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So, You have, or have had cancer. What do you do to overcome fatigue? Do you go for a walk? Head for the couch? Are you tired because you’re depressed? Or are you exhausted because you’ve been through the ringer with treatment after treatment?

No matter why you’re tired or what you do about it, recognize the progress you’ve made, and continue to make—even if it’s mico-progress. If you get down about being tired or having to take naps, look at where you are now compared to where you were a few months ago. I had to quit working four hours a day, because by Wednesday, I got sick from over-extending myself, and having a less than optimal immune system. Instead, I started working three hours a day, and by doing so, I was able to work five days a week. I still rushed home for a nap, and slept a full night—and still do.

Go through your calendar and look for things you did and crawled home after, or things you couldn’t do—that you’re doing now. Maybe you’re sleeping the same amount of hours, but doing more now. There may be a phase where your sleep requirement goes up—notice if your activity level is increasing, too. Without doing this, you may get down on yourself only seeing how much you want to do—and can’t.

Here are some ideas that may help retrieve your energy and get you back on schedule:

  • Go to bed at a reasonable and at a consistent time every night.
  • Don’t fall asleep watching TV; your sleep won’t be quality, your subconscious hears even when you don’t.
  • Set your alarm for a consistent time the morning if you find you’re sleeping too long.
  • Exercise during the day, not at night or you might be up all night, throwing off your schedule.
  • Eat at least a few hours before bedtime. Give your body time to digest food before sleeping.
  • If you do take a nap in the day, take it early enough not to disrupt your bedtime.
  • If you have lots of junk around, clear it out. Clutter can be overwhelming.
  • Do one-two chores a day instead of trying to do five like your “used to.”
  • Don’t eat sugary foods as a “pick-me-up”. Maintain a light food-flow throughout the day.

 

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