Allowing yourself time to relax and taking time out can help you manage fatigue and reduce stress17.
Some ideas of activities you could do are:
- Discussing worries with others
- Activities to take your mind off worrying thoughts such as reading, seeing friends and listening to music
- Avoiding situations that create anxieties (if possible)
- Taking regular light exercise such as walking
Relaxation exercises and tips17
Physical, to relax the body: e.g. tensing and releasing each part of the body in turn.
Mental, to relax the mind: e.g. meditation and breathing exercises.
You should practice these exercises in a quiet, warm, dimly lit, relaxing place in a comfortable position where you will not be disturbed. Practice these exercises for at least 5–15 minutes each day for maximum benefit.
17. Macmillan Cancer Support. Managing symptoms of fatigue. July 2013. Available at: http://www.macmillan.org.uk/information-and-support/coping/side-effects-and-symptoms/tiredness/tips-manage-symptoms-fatigue.html. Accessed April 2017.