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Tips for Preventing Fatigue in the Fall for Spoonies

Updated: Mar 18, 2022

Although many with chronic illnesses struggle in the summer due to the heat, fall is also hard for spoonies as their fatigue tends to aggravate.

Studies show that people suffering from pain related disorders may also experience flare-ups or increased pain associated with cooler temperatures.

This particular fall is even tougher as many are spending more time inside due to Covid.

Here are a few tips that help me deal with fall fatigue and pains:

  • Stay warm. Layers help a lot, mainly for those that have difficulty regulating their body temperatures. Make sure your feet are always warm. Think about investing in a heater or a heated blanket. I love my heated blanket and fluffy slippers during this period.

  • Eat anti-inflammatory foods. A few studies found that genes promoting inflammation were increased in winter, so it's more important than ever to load up on anti-inflammatory foods. A few of my favorite fall anti-inflammatory foods include apples, sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, and squash.

  • Get out in the sun. Spending more time indoors increases melatonin, making people even more drowsy and less energetic. If you can't get out due to Covid restrictions or fatigue, consider investing in a sun lamp.

  • Stay active. Appropriate exercise often makes chronic pain better long term and helps with the lower moods brought on by fall. Even 15 minutes of exercise can raise endorphin levels.

  • Prevent swelling. This is a great time to put on those compression stockings if you have them as extra fluid increases pain.

What helps you with preventing fatigue in the fall? Let me know in the comments below.


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