Techniques to conserve energy

As you become more active, you will notice that you have more energy for activities around the house, hobbies, and other kinds of recreation. Even though staying active is good, you may still find it hard to do as much as you did before. The following tips can help you do more:

  • Allow for rest periods during the day.
  • Don’t wait until you are exhausted to rest. Alternate rest periods with activities, so that you can get more done.
  • Use slow and smooth flowing movements during activities. Rushing increases fatigue and discomfort.
  • Avoid activities that require quick spurts of energy.
  • Maintain good posture.
  • Avoid activities when it’s too hot or too cold or immediately after a meal.

If there is a particular activity you want to do on a certain day, plan ahead and schedule it for a time you usually feel at your best. Most people feel more energetic in the morning, but others feel at their best in the afternoon. Listen to your body to find out when to do a demanding activity.

If you do everyday activities in ways that conserve energy, you will be able to get more done. Try the following techniques to conserve energy:

  • Pull heavy objects instead of pushing them.
  • Put a tall stool or chair in the kitchen, so that you can sit while preparing food and cleaning up if you get tired.
  • If you are standing while doing an activity, make sure you work at waist level, so that you don’t need to reach too high or bend over too far.
  • Place heavy objects that you often use at waist level. For example, in the kitchen, place plates and heavy pots or pans on shelves that are at waist level.
  • If you have stairs in your house, plan ahead, so you don’t need to make as many trips up and down.

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ESC Guidelines for Heart Failure

What patients need to know

This guide for patients from the European Society of Cardiology aims to provide an overview of the latest evidence-based recommendations for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure.

In particular, it should help patients to understand the:

  • main types of heart failure
  • medicines used to treat heart failure
  • devices that may be appropriate
  • importance of rehabilitation
  • management by a multidisciplinary team
  • importance of self-care in managing your own condition

Learn more


A series of 9 simple, captivating animations explaining heart failure and its treatment.

These narrated animations explain how a healthy heart works, what happens to it in heart failure and how various treatments work to improve your health.


In this section you can watch, listen or read interviews with other people with heart failure and their caregivers.


and share your own views and experiences with other patients, families and caregivers. is a European Society of Cardiology website

The website was developed under the direction of the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). The ESC is a world leader in the discovery and dissemination of best practices in cardiovascular medicine. Our members and decision-makers are healthcare professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to represent professionals in the field of cardiology in Europe and beyond.

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