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Making time for activities that help you relax is very important in dealing with and preventing fatigue. Stress uses up energy and can make you feel more tired.
It’s very likely that you will feel more stressed than usual when you start your cancer treatment. The following suggestions may help you relax:
Many people find it hard to relax and unwind, especially if the stresses and strains of the day are difficult to forget. However, specific relaxation techniques can help to relieve tension and recharge your batteries.
There are two types of relaxation exercises:
It’s important that you find a quiet, warm, dimly lit, relaxing place where you will not be disturbed, then lie or sit in a well-supported position. You will get the maximum benefit from these techniques if you practice them for 5-15 minutes each day.
You may want to experiment until you find the best exercise for you. You can ask if there is a nurse or other healthcare professional, such as an occupational therapist or psychologist, who can help you find the technique that’s best for you.
Using relaxation tapes or CDs can be a good way to learn different exercises.
Content last reviewed: 1 March 2011
Next planned review: 2013
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