Energy Conservation is a term used to describe making sure you don’t tire out before a task is complete. It involves building in rest breaks throughout the day and reducing the amount of effort we need to put in to complete a task.
How do I do this?
These are the four P’s of energy conservation to help you on a typical day:
- Think about/make a list of the activities you want to get done during the week
- Space more strenuous and challenging tasks throughout the week
- Plan for rest breaks during and in between activities
- Break up the activity within in the day, or plan to complete task over a few days
- For example, if you have 3 loads of laundry, do one a day instead of all at once
- Choose the most important tasks of the week and be okay with not getting the others done
- Delegate tasks to family and friends if needed
- Keep frequently used items close by
- Use adaptive devices, such as reachers and shoe horns to promote safety and make tasks easier