3. Get Enough Rest to Prevent Fatigue continued...
If there are times when you know you won’t get a full night’s sleep, you may need to plan to make it up the next day.
“I can’t go out on a work night like other people my age. If I don’t get at least eight hours of sleep, I’m useless the next day,” says Brown. “So if there’s something I want to do in the evening, I have to plan for it by setting aside time to sleep the next day.”
Even with a full night’s sleep you may need to take several rest periods throughout your day. “Some people may need to plan short periods of rest after each activity,” says Jolly. “This gives your body time to catch up and can make a big difference in how you feel.”
4. Prioritize Activities When Living With Lupus
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the things you need to do. Keeping an activity schedule for day-to-day basics can be a way to help organize your time. This way, you can plan for the things you need to do and make sure you have enough time to rest in between.
When planning your schedule, do the things that are most strenuous when you feel your best. And try to break up bigger projects into smaller tasks. But try to be flexible. If you don’t have enough energy one day, don’t force yourself to do everything on your list. Reschedule those tasks instead.
“Every morning, I think about my day and prioritize the most important things I need to do,” says Utterback. “Then I decide what I can realistically handle. Usually it’s just three or four tasks. But I do what I can each day and try not to get upset with myself if I can’t get everything done.”
5. Keep a Diary to Track Lupus Fatigue and Learn to Say No
“One of the most difficult things for people with lupus is learning to say no,” says Jolly. But if you want to have energy for the activities that are most important to you, then it’s a must. Focus on listening to your body and saying no to activities you know will leave you exhausted. Do what you need to do for yourself.