Without even knowing it, you may be wasting energy every day. Finding easier ways to do things will give you more energy to do the things you enjoy. The following are ways to save your energy.
Equipment can help you save energy. You can find these items at medical supply stores, discount stores or local pharmacies.
You may qualify for community equipment loan programs. For more information, call the Goodwill Easter Seal Equipment Loan Program at 651-646-2591 or your local American VFW or Lions Club.
hand-held shower kit
raised toilet seat
grab bar for bathroom
elastic laces and long-handled shoe horn
long-handled sock aid
tub transfer bench
Stress—physical or emotional—can slow your body's ability to heal. When you relax, the tension in your body melts away. Just spending 20 minutes twice a day relaxing can help restore your energy.
Use the following relaxation exercises anytime you feel tense during the day. Be sure to find a quiet place, turn down the lights and close the door. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Try to keep noise and other distractions to a minimum. You may want to play soft, soothing music during your relaxation exercises.
To deep breathe correctly, you must use your abdominal muscles, as well as your chest muscles.
Hold you breath for five second before breathing out.
This exercise will allow you to focus on different body parts and give you a general feeling of relaxation.
This exercise is used to manage pain and distress, give you a better sense of well-being and help your body heal.
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Heart Failure, third edition, ISBN 1-931876-20-7
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