Hi, I'm Emma.

In this video,

I would like to offer my tips

to help cope with fatigue.

After a stroke

or brain injury,

your brain must work harder.

It is important to accept

that a brain injury

needs time to repair itself.

And it is normal

to experience fatigue.

This fatigue is unlike

any other

you may have

experienced before.

My first tip

is to not beat yourself up

about it.

For some people,

it will go away

after a while.

But for most,

it is something

you will live with

for a long time.

My second tip

is to find out

what makes your

fatigue worse,

and what makes it better,

to work out

how best

you can cope with it.

For me, initially,

a noisy environment,

lots of background music

and chatter

was disastrous.

Over time

I have been able to cope

with this noise

for a longer period.

But I still find it

very tiring

to try

and have a conversation

or concentrate

when the background

noise is high.


I would suggest

pacing yourself

throughout the day.

Work out

when you are at your best

and schedule activities

for then.

For me, mornings are best.

I do my exercises

to wake myself up.

Get the good

endorphins going.

And then I am

set up for the day.

But, listen to your body.

And take breaks

as you need them.

Hydrate often.

I work from home

three days a week.

And this is much better

for my concentration.

Even just taking 5 minutes

each hour to stretch, move

or drink

can recharge you.

During the day,

if I am fatigued,

I would take a long

lunch break

and do something relaxing.

This could be watching TV

or listening to an audiobook

or music

or just being

with my thoughts.

In the early days post stroke

I needed a lay down each day

and sometimes a sleep.

If you need to sleep

during the day, do it.

Don't feel guilty.

Plan meals ahead

and buy pre-prepared things.

For example,

veggies already cut up

or frozen in portions.

Or healthy frozen meals.

Prepare ahead for a day

that you know

you will be busy

and have an easy

meal planned.

Be aware

that a change of routine

could make you fatigued,


if it involves travel

or lots of concentration.

I try to factor this in

and plan

an easy day

either side of the event.

Advise your family

and friends

of your need to rest.

And they will understand

if you need to withdraw

for a while.

I have also found that

being in nature

helps recharge my batteries.

Just walking

or sitting

and admiring the bush

or a beach

environment can be restful.


a repairing brain needs time.

Accept that you

may suffer fatigue.

Don't fight it

If none of these strategies

work for you,

seek medical advice

and further help.