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Fatigue Tip Sheet

Fatigue is a continual state of mental tiredness. Fatigue can occur after physical activity, but most commonly after mental activity.

What Fatigue Can Look Like

  • Withdrawn, short answers
  • Slowed responses/thinking
  • Loss of appetite
  • Slower movement and speech (dull tone)
  • Irritability, anxiety, crying episodes
  • Increased forgetfulness
  • Lack of motivation and interest


  • Organize routines around the times of day you feel your best
  • When you first start feeling tired, STOP and REST!
  • Reduce exposure to bright lights and loud noises
  • Schedule rest periods throughout your day
  • Keep your home and work environments uncluttered
  • Use assistive technology/mechanical aids
  • Reduce stress
  • Avoid or limit alcohol use
  • Ensure you are getting plenty of sleep
  • Talk to your provider about the role medication can play in fatigue
  • Talk to your provider if your fatigue effects your daily functioning