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How does stress management combat cancer-related fatigue?

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  • Managing stress can play an important role in combating cancer and fatigue. The following are some suggestions to manage stress: Adjust your expectations. For example, if you have a list of ten things you want to accomplish today, pare it down to two and leave the rest for other days. A sense of accomplishment goes a long way to reducing stress.
  • Help others understand and support you. Family and friends can be helpful if they can "put themselves in your shoes" and understand what fatigue means to you. Cancer support groups can be a source of support as well. Other people with cancer understand what you are going through.
  • Relaxation techniques, such as audiotapes that teach deep breathing or visualization, can help reduce stress.
  • Activities that divert your attention away from fatigue can also be helpful. For example, activities such as knitting, reading, or listening to music require little physical energy but require attention. If your stress seems out of control, talk to a health care professional. They are here to help.

From: Cancer-Related Fatigue WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE: National Cancer Institute.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on January 22, 2017

SOURCE: National Cancer Institute.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on January 22, 2017

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