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Deal with stress or anxiety to help fatigue

At times, all of us have things going on in our lives that we find stressful. It can help to tackle stress as soon as possible. Think about the following:

  • Are there practical things you can do to reduce stress? For example, if you have a big task that’s bothering you, can you break it down and tackle a small bit each day? If it’s something you’ve been worrying about, can you take a deep breath and find the energy to do it? Sometimes our fears make things seem worse than they really are.
  • Reduce your physical reaction to stress through relaxation so that you feel more able to cope with things you find stressful. Take time for yourself – read a book or have a bath, for example.
  • Using relaxation techniques may also help to ease stress. There are many relaxation, meditation or mindfulness tapes, CDs and MP3 downloads available, or your occupational therapist or rheumatology nurse specialist may be able to offer you some. These techniques vary and can last from 5–45 minutes. They can be very effective if you practise them regularly. Your occupational therapist may also be able to advise about other relaxation techniques.
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