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Coping with fatigue

The Three Ps Rule

When trying to cope with fatigue, a simple rule is to remember is The Three Ps: Plan, Priorites, and Pace yourself

Plan and organise your time. Plan your day ahead with periods of rest and periods of activity.

Prioritise – Do things for yourself where you can, but do not feel guilty if you have to ask someone else to help you with them.

Pace yourself – Have frequent rests, do things in your own time and don’t feel hurried by others.

Some basic tips

By following this basic advice, you can help to reduce the effect
which feelings of fatigue may have on you.

  • To begin with, keep a diary to find out whether your fatigue has a pattern. If it does, you can then plan to do activities at the times when you have the most energy
  • Think of energy like a bank account: you cannot take out more than what is already in the bank
  • Try to keep a balance between the activities that you feel you must do, and those that you enjoy doing
  • If fatigue increases, prioritise and leave unnecessary tasks for others who can do them for you
  • Avoid physical and emotional stress where possible
  • Rest when you feel tired – sit or lie down frequently