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Conserve Energy

HELPING YOU MOVE FORWARD: Insight from Rehab

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Energy conservation means finding ways to distribute your energy to avoid tiring quickly, allowing you to continue doing the things you enjoy doing and keeping up with the everyday activities you need to do.  Many people experience fatigue on a daily basis, but some people may be more prone to fatigue such as those with breathing issues, heart conditions, and neurological conditions involving the brain, spinal cord or other nerves. The energy people have with these conditions may be limited. Therefore, they must take certain steps to make sure they can do the things they want to do in their life.

Using energy conservation is a good way to help your energy last longer! 
Try these energy conservation techniques:

 

COOKING
  • Make a large meal on the weekends so you have leftovers to eat throughout the week.
  • Assign different tasks to your family to help make meals.
  • Use pre-sliced fruits and vegetables make meals easier.
  • Get all supplies out before you begin cooking.
  • Make slow-cooker meals.
CLEANING
  • Use a timer for scheduled breaks, every 10-15 minutes when cleaning.
  • Make a schedule to clean one room each day.
  • Assign chores to family members.
  • Place a chair near where you are cleaning to allow you to sit for breaks.
GARDENING
  • Use raised flower beds to allow you to stand or sit in a chair while gardening.
  • Kneel or sit while planting instead of squatting.
  • Using electric tools instead of manual tools.
  • Change positions to avoid fatigue.
  • Use gloves with grips on them to decrease amount of grip you must use.
  • Do short gardening sessions throughout the week instead of all in one day.

By using these strategies, you will be able to improve your quality of life and continue to participate in your daily activities. If your energy is significantly impacting your daily functioning, please contact your primary care provider for other solutions!

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