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How can I deal with energy fluctuations due to breast cancer?

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Here are tips to help when your energy is low:

  • Try escaping your fatigue. Listen to your favorite music or read a great book. Watch a funny movie or spend time with friends.
  • Head outside. Spending time in nature can ease fatigue.
  • Accept help. Don't be too proud to let someone pitch in with chores like cooking or grocery shopping. It will save your energy for more important things.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Lifestyle changes after breast cancer treatment."

Breastcancer.org: "Exercise."

National Cancer Institute: "Eating Hints: Before, During and After Cancer Treatment," "Taking Time: Support for People with Cancer."

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: "Fighting Cancer Fatigue."

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Journaling your way through cancer."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 14, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Lifestyle changes after breast cancer treatment."

Breastcancer.org: "Exercise."

National Cancer Institute: "Eating Hints: Before, During and After Cancer Treatment," "Taking Time: Support for People with Cancer."

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: "Fighting Cancer Fatigue."

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Journaling your way through cancer."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 14, 2018

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