Preventing Fatigue at Home and Work

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago-Brain Injury Team, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, LIFE CENTER
Preventing Fatigue at Home and Work

By slightly altering the way tasks are done, you can save energy and feel less tired. The following are some suggestions for simplifying tasks and conserving energy.

Find ways to do less work

  • eliminate unnecessary tasks such as making the bed daily
  • combine or eliminate steps of a task
  • delegate work to others
  • use professional services for heavy cleaning, laundry, lawn work, etc.

Organize work areas

  • store frequently used items within easy reach
  • gather all items at work area before beginning a task

Pace yourself

  • work at a steady, moderate pace
  • allow frequent, short rest breaks rather than one long break
  • rest before becoming fatigued

Plan ahead

  • do heavy tasks over several days
  • alternate light with heavy work
  • alternate active and quiet tasks (e.g. vacuuming and paying bills)

Practice taking care of your body

  • sit down to do work whenever possible
  • use good lifting methods: back straight, bend at the hips and knees rather than the waist
  • avoid straining, reaching and twisting
  • work at proper height to eliminate bending or stooping
  • use a cart, wagon or basket to gather and carry items
  • slide or push objects rather than carrying them
  • when carrying, use both hands and hold close to the body

Use the best tools for the job

  • select the right tools to match what you are trying to do
  • use lightweight equipment when possible such as cookware, vacuum, etc.
  • take advantage of power equipment such as mixers, electric can opener, battery powered drill or screwdriver, etc.

For more information, consult with your occupational or physical therapist.

The content of this handout is for informational purposes only. It does not replace the advice of a physician or other health care professionals. Copyright 2007 Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Copyright 2008 Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, LIFE Center, reprinted with permission.

Posted on BrainLine October 7, 2008.

Copyright 2008 Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, LIFE Center, reprinted with permission.