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It is important for people living with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) to learn how to pace themselves and how to manage or avoid physical and emotional stress. Doctors may recommend certain lifestyle changes for CFS patients. These lifestyle changes for CFS can involve physical activity, cognitive behavioral therapy, alternative treatments, and psychotherapy.

Lifestyle Changes for CFS: An Introduction

When you have chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), it is important to learn how to pace yourself and how to manage or avoid physical and emotional stress. Lifestyle changes for CFS can involve such things as:

Lifestyle Changes for CFS: Physical Activity

CFS patients should avoid increasing their level of fatigue. In general, healthcare providers advise patients with CFS to pace themselves and to avoid unusual physical or emotional stress.
Exercise can be counter-productive if it increases fatigue or pain. Therefore, patients should establish a regular, manageable daily routine. Although patients should be as active as possible, doctors may need to explain the disorder to employers and family members. A healthcare provider or physical therapist should supervise exercise in patients with CFS, especially in severely compromised patients.

Lifestyle Changes for CFS: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy entails the following: learning about CFS and learning how to adjust activities and behaviors that may aggravate CFS. Cognitive behavioral therapy has been shown to facilitate patient coping and to allow increased activities without triggering increased symptoms.
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