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Managing Post-Stroke Fatigue

In this video we will talk about the condition of post-stroke fatigue, and how we can manage symptoms to promote engagement in our daily lives. Post-stroke fatigue is a common experience for many stroke survivors and is part of the healing process following your stroke. One way to manage post-stroke fatigue is by using energy conservation techniques to help you balance activity and rest throughout your day to day life. Check out this video for more information!

What is post-stroke fatigue? (0:16-3:09)

In order to explore new ways to manage fatigue, we must first understand what post-stroke fatigue (PSF) is and how it may affect your everyday life. Recognizing symptoms within yourself is a great first step to seeking relief. Understanding your symptoms can make it easier to explore different ways to manage your symptoms.

Managing PSF with Energy Conservation Techniques (3:10–9:11)

Now that we understand what post-stroke fatigue is, how can we manage it? Energy conservation techniques can be beneficial no matter what type of fatigue you are experiencing.

There are four main energy conservation strategies that we can start with. These are general strategies that can be applied in many different ways throughout your day.

  • Prioritizing: Decide which activities are the most important in your daily life.
  • Planning: Prepare yourself and your environment to set yourself up for success.
  • Pacing: Slow and steady wins the race! Pacing is an important part of balancing your energy exertion throughout your day.
  • Positioning: Make sure your body is well supported throughout your daily activities, to ensure your energy is being directed towards your activity.

Energy Conservation in Your Daily Life (9:12-15:44)

There are many ways to apply some of these energy conservation techniques throughout your daily life. We’ll walk through some examples of how to conserve your energy through daily tasks like personal hygiene, dressing, cooking, housework, laundry and shopping.

If you’re experiencing overwhelming fatigue, it would be beneficial to reach out to your support system and work with your health care team to decide what approach may be best for you.

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