Fatigue Busters - Tips for
By Mary-Teresa Schmidt
From the Fidonet CFS Echo, 11-15-94
Around the house:
- Don't stand when you can sit.
- Plan your activities and assemble
everything before you start.
- Reschedule daily tasks so you do some only
3 or 4 times a week so you have time to rest each day.
- Delegate tasks: ask children or other
family members to help.
- Schedule regular rest periods each day.
- Use a cart, wagon or basket to carry
things from one part of the house to the other to
eliminate retracing your steps.
- Move things you use often to
- Use power tools and labor saving electric
During personal grooming:
- Sit on a stool in the bathroom while
shaving or applying makeup. Prop elbows up on counter if
- Allow enough time to complete grooming in
"phases," allowing for frequent rest periods.
- Use warm, not hot water for baths or
showers. Hot water increases muscle fatigue.
- Get a handicap sticker for your car.
- Shop when you are at your peak energy.
- Shop by yourself for only a few items. Let
other family members do major weekly shopping.
- When shopping alone, ask a grocery clerk
to carry out groceries.
- If you arrive home tired, put away only
the perishables. A family member of friend can do the
- Shop by phone whenever possible.
- Avoid peak shopping/traffic hours.
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