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
Equipment is available to help you save energy. These items can
be found at medical supply stores, discount stores or local
You may be eligible 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
hand-held shower kit
raised toilet seat
grab bar for bathroom
elastic laces and long-handled shoe horn
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
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.
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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