Coping strategies for fatigue

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Learn how relaxation, distraction and changing your thinking habits can help to improve fatigue.

Key points

  • Relieve stress and muscle tension with relaxation.
  • Distract yourself by focusing on happier thoughts and feelings or doing something you enjoy.
  • Change thinking habits that may be contributing to fatigue in order to improve your energy levels.

Stress, anxiety and depression can all lead to feelings of fatigue. It is important to find ways to actively manage your stress. Not only are coping strategies effective for managing pain, they can also help reduce your feelings of stress and anxiety, and improve your mood.

Ways to improve your energy level include:

  • Relaxation: relieving stress and muscle tension. You will learn more about ways to relax in the section “Relaxation.”
  • Distraction: focusing your attention on happier thoughts and feelings or doing something fun like going out with friends, reading a favorite book, or listening to music. You will learn some more ways to distract yourself in the section “Distraction.”
  • Changing thinking habits that may contribute to fatigue. You will learn ways to change how you think in the section “Managing your thoughts.”
Last updated: January 31st 2017