Energy conservation is a term used often by Occupational Therapists to help you learn how to not waste your energy, so that when you need some, you have the energy you need for the things you want to do.
This means choosing the activities that are important to you, including leisure activities - it can be helpful to talk about this with family and friends.
This is the best way to achieve balance in your day. Just spending a few minutes jotting down some ways to use less energy for your activities will help you decided how and when to attempt an activity. You can choose to sit down for some activities if that is helpful i.e. chopping vegetables, ironing, getting washed and dressed etc. Sitting down can conserve up to 25% of your energy.
Choosing a particular time of day for certain activities can change your energy levels. There is lots of equipment available to assist with energy conservation such as shower stools, kitchen trolleys, wheelchairs, perching stools, toilet frames, long handled sponges and jar openers to name a few.
This means mixing it up a bit. Having a 5 minute break between activities to do some gentle stretches can give you more energy to complete the task. Doing a heavy activity followed by a light activity can also make a significant difference.
Following these commonsense energy conservation tips can bring more enjoyment to your day, allow you to get more done, help you to feel more relaxed and in control, plus give you a better understanding of your own limits.