Why conserve energy?
There are many factors that lead to tiredness (i.e. pain, arthritis, medical conditions, hospitalization etc.). This adds more necessary energy on the body to perform a task. It is important to conserve energy to accomplish the tasks you want to.
Consider the 3 P’s:
Schedule the activities in your day around the times which work best for you. Some people have more energy in the morning and perform more activities during that time. Plan for rest times during the day.
Consider what is most important to do in a day. Save less important activities for another day especially if you are already feeling tired.
Allow rest breaks between tasks. Pace yourself. Do not rush to perform activities. Consider placing a chair at the end of a long hallway to allow a place to rest when walking through your home.
Other helpful tips:
- Set up a chair to allow sitting during a task to give the body a chance to rest (reduces energy use by 25%).
- Balance heavy tasks with light tasks.
- Listen to your body and know your limits.
- Stop and rest before you get too tired.
- Keep commonly used items within reach.
Submitted by: Kristen Jackson, MOTR/L
Kristen earned her Master’s of Occupational Therapy degree in January 2007 from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT. She began working at NCH in the Rehabilitation Services Department in February 2007. Kristen provides services to clients of all ages from infant to elderly. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and a board member of the Vermont Occupational Therapy Association (VOTA).