Long COVID | Fatigue | Managing the Effects
Following symptoms of acute COVID-19 some patients may find they have increased fatigue despite no changes from normal resting, sleeping or usual activity. This is quite common following a viral infection but normally settles after 2 or 3 weeks, however, for some it can remain for weeks or months.
What can I do to manage fatigue?
- Recognise that the fatigue is real and limit your planned activities. Explain to those around you such as your family, friends or colleagues about the impact that fatigue is having on you.
- Maintain a good sleep pattern
- Try relaxation techniques – these can promote good sleep hygiene and help reduce stress.
- Keep an activity diary for a few weeks to keep an activity record on what you have done and how it has affected you. This may help in planning and prioritising the activities you can cope with better.
- Stay active – boosting your energy levels by staying active is a good way to break through the fog. Being unfit makes you feel more tired, so once you get to a stable level of activity then try to increase the amount slowly and gently.
- Eat well – A healthy diet can help