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Top 10 Energy Saving Tips
1. Learn to say "no"
"yes". "No" to the things that zap your energy. "Yes" to offers of help if you
2. Prioritize. Plan
you most want to accomplish, then balance rest with activity. Sit or lie down
3. Use an answering
machine. Let it monitor your incoming phone calls; only talk when you
wish to and are able.
4. Simplify your clothing
and makeup choices; choose a "wash and go" hairstyle or one that needs little
5. Shower sitting down.
you don't have a built-in seat, try a plastic outdoor chair. It's an inexpensive
6. Take it with you.
small basket with a handle to keep necessary items close at hand. You can carry
things such as a phone, bottle of water, tissues, remote controls, paper and pen
or any other items you like to have handy. Take the basket from bed to chair or
wherever else you go.
7. Straighten your bedding
you are still in bed. That way, when you get up it just takes a flip of
the corner to finish making the bed.
8. Cook ahead. When
able, prepare things that can be used in more than one meal - such as a roasted
chicken or cooked beans. Also try to plan simple, few-ingredient, one pan, or
9. Use a disabled parking
placard. You can get an application from your state's Department of
Motor Vehicles (for your convenience, try their Web site). The form simply
requires a signature from your health care provider.
10. Pack groceries smart.
When grocery shopping, have your perishable items packed separately from the
other groceries. That way, you can put them in the refrigerator or freezer right
away, while other groceries can wait to be unpacked if necessary. Use a grocery
list to save time and energy. Better yet, find others who can shop for you or
find a store that delivers.
Staci R. Stevens & Eloise Potratz
Staci R. Stevens is chairman of the Workwell Foundation, an organization
committed to improving quality of life for people with CFIDS and other chronic
illnesses. For more information, see http://www.workwellservices.com. Eloise
Potratz is a person with CFIDS who lives in Stockton, Calif.
Here's an easy, energy-conserving way to wash the
kitchen floor: Whenever you are left with a small piece of clean paper towel,
use it to wipe a two- to three-square-foot area of the floor. If you do this on
a regular basis, the whole floor will remain clean - and you won't be exhausted
from doing it.
Valerie Glodzik, Kempton, Pa.
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People with myofascial
pain syndrome (MPS) can use this at-home, self-massage technique for pain
relief: Place the fingertips of both hands on the painful area. Move the fingers
up and down in the opposite direction (if you move the fingers on your left hand
up, move the ones on your right hand down). Do this for 30 seconds or so. Then
place your fingertips on the same painful area and move them so that you
alternately squeeze the skin together and stretch it apart. The idea is to break
up the painful areas and help the blood circulate better. People with MPS also
may benefit from self-massagers. Units with different-sized balls on the ends
can help apply pressure to trigger points, as is done with standard myofascial
release massage. We use a self-massager to help soothe pain in our daughter's
back. It is much easier than regular massage, and it feels wonderful.
Reprinted with permission from The
Mary Robinson, Medina, N.Y. Co-author, "A Parent's Guide