What is fatigue?
Fatigue is when you have less energy to do the things you would normally do or want to do. It can be described as a feeling of tiredness that;
- Does not go away with rest or sleep
- Feels heavy
- Affects you physically, psychologically and emotionally
- Gets in the way of daily living
Watch our videos with St Catherine’s Hospice physiotherapist Maureen Howe and occupational therapist Joanne McLoughlin to learn more about understanding different types of energy, symptoms of fatigue, how to manage fatigue and balance your energy.
You can click the download links on the right for further resources and information.
For further information, click here to read ‘Cancer related fatigue: A ubiquitous problem yet so under reported, under recognized and under treated’.
This information has been devised mainly for patients experiencing cancer-related fatigue. However a lot of the resources, links and education will be useful for anyone experiencing fatigue as a symptom of another medical condition.
Before using these resources please check with your GP that your fatigue is not a result of a reversible medical condition, such as anaemia. By seeking advice you are ruling out and addressing any possible causes of your fatigue that may require urgent medical care.
This resource has been devised to assist you in managing your symptoms of fatigue. It comprises of self-help and educational videos, downloadable materials such as meditation exercises, activity diaries and fact sheets, to learn about fatigue management, energy, sleep, unhelpful thoughts, stress, relaxation and breathing.
Acknowledgements: North West Fatigue Clinic