The following are some factors which you should consider when coping with fatigue.

Rate of work:

  • Simply by doing a job at a slower pace will reduce the energy needed to complete the job by up to 3 times.
  • A slow, steady rate of work, with short rest periods, will get the job done without doing you in.
  • Remember that fast walking takes 1 ½ times as much energy as slow walking & walking up stairs 7 times as much energy as walking on level ground.


  • Frequent short rest periods are a must whether at home or at work.
  • Balance activities with rest & learn to allow for time to rest when planning a day’s activities. Pre-schedule the rest time in.

Rest means doing nothing at all.

  • Frequent short rest periods are of more benefit than fewer long rests.
  • Listening to music or using relaxation tapes may help you to relax while resting.

Distribution of work load:

  • Don’t try & do a two man job by your self
  • Get help with heavy work
  • Use gravity to help
  • Slide rather than lift
  • Alternate high energy activity with medium & low energy activity


  • In hot weather, direct sunlight increases strain on the body so keep in the shade.
  • The heart supplies a great flow of blood to the skin to keep the body cool so you can not do as much work in hot humid weather as you can in cooler temperatures.

Physical conditioning:

  • It pays to keep in good physical condition through regular, moderate activity or exercise.


  • Keep your weight within the normal range. Excess weight overworks the lungs & heart and increases the amount of energy you require to carry out an activity.


  • An older person cannot work as hard as they did when they were young. Generally speaking, at 50, your capacity, assuming good health, will be about 70% of what it was at 25; at 70 it will be about 50%.


  • Worries, fears & tension will prevent you from relaxing during rest.

Benefits of relaxation:

  •  Helps to reduce stress & anxiety
  • Achieves a deeper level of rest than simply sitting
  •  Improves energy levels
  •  Leaves you feeling refreshed
  •  Improves mental alertness
  • Rests the nervous system
  • Optimizes your abilities

While some research indicates that liver transplant recipients are physically active and have little physical limitation, contrasting evidence suggests that recipients have significantly lower physical functioning than healthy individuals.  Levels of physical activity appear to increase during the period of immediate recovery, but later plateau at a level below that of the general population.  Individuals who maintain a sedentary lifestyle tend to experience persistent fatigue and lower quality of life (Masala et al., 2012)(Vintro et al., 2002)(van den Berg-Emons, Kazemier, et al., 2006), (Krasnoff et al., 2006)


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