Relieving fatigue often involves treating the underlying situation or disease that is causing it. For example, managing the pain associated with arthritis or treating depression, anemia, or thyroid disease can, in turn, relieve fatigue. Depending on the cause, your doctor can recommend or prescribe appropriate treatment. There are, however, many things you can do on your own. Here are a few suggestions:

Get active. Although it may seem counterintuitive, being active can help relieve fatigue rather than cause it. “People who have arthritis may stop exercising for a long time and become deconditioned,” says Dr. Pisetsky. “For them, a guided, graded exercise program can be helpful.” Exercise can also cause the release of endorphins, which raises energy levels, and can improve nighttime sleep.

Pace yourself. Spread activities throughout the day, allowing time for rest in between, and plan strenuous tasks for times when you typically have the most energy. Budget your energy like you do your money.

Seek assistance. If you don’t have the energy to do it all, learn to ask for help. Get family members to help around the house, for example, or hire a housecleaner to come once every week or two. Assistive devices – including canes and reachers – can help you conserve energy, too.

Practice healthy lifestyle habits. Exercising, losing weight if necessary, getting enough sleep and eating healthfully are all keys to maintaining your energy level, says Dr. Pisetsky.