Fight fatigue

Fatigue is a common symptom of MS, but unlike general tiredness, MS-related fatigue can be an overwhelming sense of exhaustion that occurs at any time without warning and requires a longer time to recover.

Fatigue and MS

During bouts of fatigue, other MS symptoms can become worse, such as muscle weakness, visual disturbances and difficulty concentrating. It is important to talk about your fatigue with your neurologist. They can help you minimise and manage your fatigue.

10 tips for managing fatigue


Accept that fatigue may occur randomly as part of MS


Ensure you have enough sleep


Schedule in short and frequent rest breaks to keep yourself efficient and effective


Learn meditation or other relaxation techniques, such as listening to music and deep breathing


Plan to do the more demanding activities and tasks when you usually feel most energetic and include activities you enjoy


Stay cool to avoid triggering fatigue


Maintain a well-balanced diet
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Stay active with regular exercise to keep your fitness level up
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Learn how to manage stress and avoid stressful situations
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Help family and friends understand that you may need rest at any time, limit some activities or change plans suddenly
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