Project Description

Fatigue Management

Fatigue Management

We all experience tiredness at times and this can be relieved by sleep and rest. Fatigue is when the tiredness is overwhelming and isn’t relieved by sleep and rest. It will have a negative impact on how you manage your daily life and we can say it is ‘life affecting’ fatigue.

Occupational Therapy takes a whole person approach and seeks to enable people with health conditions, physical and psychological, to independently carry out everyday tasks or occupations and to reach their full potential. The word “occupation” as a term refers to practical and purposeful activities that allow people to live independently and have a sense of identity. This could be essential day to day tasks such as self-care, work or leisure. (Royal College of Occupational Therapists) As an OT, I employ a variety of skills and approaches to enable those who have life affecting fatigue to maintain their life occupations to gain a sense of achievement and wellbeing. I am a registered OT with the Health and Care Professions Council HCPC and I have been qualified for over 30 years.

A number of health conditions are known to cause fatigue and sometimes treatment of the condition will relieve the fatigue. In some cases, the fatigue is a symptom of the condition and, in this case, learning how to manage the fatigue to manage everyday life as best as possible, is the best approach. The goal is to enable you to replenish some energy and to ‘live well’ within your limitations. Such conditions may be ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, Cancer, Pain conditions, long term stress and so on. If you feel your fatigue is persisting for a long time, beyond any acute health problem or virus (more than 3 months) and treatments have not helped and you are willing to explore lifestyle changes to improve your wellbeing, this may be a helpful approach for you.

After an initial assessment of your situation we work out a plan of action together. I work in a holistic and client-centred way so you are always in the driving seat and I will help navigate. As an OT I like to employ a variety of techniques and skills depending on your particular needs and preferences. We will cover practical techniques such as relaxation, breathing exercises, Mindfulness approaches, pacing and grading activity if this is appropriate for you. Managing pain associated with fatigue and sleep problems. Psychological approaches to cope with energy draining, negative, self-critical thoughts and over busy minds, which can have an effect on your mental health and self-esteem as well as your energy.

The holistic approach means being aware of the mind and body connection and their effect on each other. I can also help you find ways to understand and develop your spiritual health if you wish. Spiritual Health is not religion unless you wish it to be. It is more about a helpful connection which takes us out of ourselves, such as when walking in nature or carrying out a sport or creative hobby Evidence shows that this helps our sense of wellbeing.

Contact Alison Wright for more information on pricing.

Call me for a complimentary 30 minutes chat to see if this approach may help you or visit my Facebook page.

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07510 387107

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