How to Managing Fatigue While Living with Hepatitis

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Living with hepatitis can cause the feeling of fatigue which is extreme tiredness or lack of energy that doesn’t go away. In this article, we have some options to help you overcome that feeling. You can stay in bed and have a cup of tea or hot chocolate while reading and then try to apply these methods in your daily routine.

Ask for help

Do not be afraid to ask for help from family or friends. People are usually willing to help but may not want to interfere in your life. You might be surprised to find that how your family and friends are happy when they get a chance to help you deal with hepatitis.

Have positive attitude

Attitude cannot cure fatigue, but it can be a powerful supporter.  Positive thinking makes everything simple and helps to reduce your stress and the disease burden. Try to have a positive mind and do positive things.

Breathe in right way

Incorrect breathing can lead to fatigue. When people experience stress or fatigue, they have a tendency to hold their breath or breathe shallowly. Hepatitis patients can try deep breathing exercises while focusing on the flow of air going in and out of your body.

Change some habits to conserve energy

  • Bathe before going to bed rather than in the morning. It takes less energy to put on nightwear since there is much less of it. Always sit down while dressing and undressing.
  • Work in a well-lighted environment, at a comfortable temperature with good ventilation.
  • Wear supportive and comfortable slip-on shoes.
  • Drag, slide or push rather than lift heavy objects.
  • Avoid stress and rushing. Frustration and irritation increase fatigue. Pace yourself; rushing leads to mistakes and accidents which then require extra energy to clean up or resolve, and have the potential for injury.

Do exercise

Regularly doing exercise is one of the best strategies for combating fatigue at hepatitis patients. People who exercise regularly experience less fatigue increased body strength and feel better about themselves. Five to fifteen minute intervals, two to three times daily, may help fend off relentless fatigue. Exercise comes in many forms. Walking is one of the best exercises for relieving fatigue. Basically, you can choose any activity that re-energizes you without being over-fatiguing such as biking, dancing, gardening, resistance training, Pilates, Qigong, swimming, Tai Chi, and Yoga.

Have a healthy diet

 A healthy and nutritious diet based on the recommendations from health experts includes finding a balance between the calories you consume with the amount of energy you use. Eat small, healthy meals frequently consisting of low fat, high fiber foods. Hepatitis patients should also eat a variety of foods that include fruit, vegetables, and whole grains. Try to stay away from foods that are high in fat, sugar, and sodium. If possible, consult with a registered dietician or nutritionist.

Don’t worry if you feel tired and stressful when living with hepatitis. Many people also live with it happily day by day and you can too. Just change some habits and try the new things everyday, you will see that your health will get better and better.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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