How to fight fatigue during chemotherapy

(WebMD) — Cancer treatment can take a lot out of you, both physically and emotionally, so it’s common to feel tired. It’s important to bring this up with your doctor, but there are also a few steps you can take to keep your fatigue in check.

Get moving. You might not feel like moving a muscle, but exercise can actually boost your energy. (Make sure you get your doctor’s OK first.) Try walking, or another moderate activity you enjoy, as often as you can, even if it’s only for 15 minutes.

Ease your mind. Mind-body workouts like yoga, tai chi, or qi gong (a Chinese form of moving meditation) can reduce fatigue by helping you focus on relaxation.

Go easy on yourself. Figure out what needs to be done today, and what you can put on hold. Spread activities throughout your day, and make sure to rest in between.

Sleep well. A good night’s sleep can help you feel more rested. To help make that happen, don’t get into your bed to read or work on your laptop. Turn off music and all screens during bedtime, and limit daytime naps to an hour or less. Right before bed is also a good time for activities that relax you, like meditation or journaling. (…)

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