We have all had busy days that leave us exhausted. Now, consider how much more difficult this can be for people already managing an illness, injury or disability. We can’t avoid some of life’s distractions, but we can develop ways to manage our lives so we can accomplish what we need or want to do during the day. Follow the 4 P’s: pacing, prioritizing, planning and positioning.
Be a Turtle:
SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE! It’s okay to make an entrance instead of rushing from one place to the other.
Alternate heavy and light activities to allow time to rest between more taxing activities.
Embrace the type A personality:
Sometimes a busy day can’t be avoided. Ask yourself what needs to be done versus what you want to get done to help cut back on tasks that can be put off or eliminated altogether. Can they be delegated to someone else? Can they be broken down into smaller steps so heavier tasks can be completed when you have the most energy or alternated with lighter ones?
It’s a good idea to prioritize fun activities, as doing things you enjoy is a good way to help you recharge. This is also important for your own mental health.
Don’t be a yoyo- too much up/down movement like when you’re bending and reaching for items in the closet, cupboard or fridge can cause fatigue. Place all frequently used items together and in easy-to-reach spots. You can also use adaptive equipment to assist.
These are strategies that you can apply in all areas of your life. The most important thing is to listen to and respect your body. If your body is telling you to take a nap- curl up and take a break without guilt!