Fatigue during cancer treatment can be tough to manage. While ranging from mild to extreme, for some there’s no tired like “chemo tired.” Many patients describe it as feeling weak, weary, worn out, heavy or slow and it can be difficult for friends, family or co-workers to understand. No one wants to drag through the day, and for cancer patients, it’s particularly important to find strategies to help fight fatigue. Remember, talk to you doctor before starting any physical activity or changing your diet.
1. Surprisingly exercise will boost your energy levels. It’s important to get even a small amount of exercise in each day. For example, walking up and down the steps in your house can give you a lift. Or, a brisk walk outside for 10 minutes will get your endorphins flowing -- the hormone that sends pleasure signals to the brain.
2. It’s important to spread activities throughout your day and take frequent rest breaks.
3. Eat high protein foods such as milk, eggs, cheese, meat and fish and talk to your doctor about seeing a dietician if you are having problems eating.
4. Set up regular bedtime and waking routines.
5. Try reducing your stress levels with slow breathing exercises and relaxation techniques