Chronic Illness Hacks: Making Life Easier

by Krissy Ward

     If you have a chronic illness, you know just how much energy it takes to complete your daily chores and common household tasks. I'm here to help make your life easier. Here are a few hacks to help lighten the load.

 1. Instant Pot/Crock Pot

 This is great for high pain days, hell any day... Just throw everything in there, take a nap or take that time to do something for yourself, whether it’s a “luxury bath,” catching up on your favorite television show or just hanging out with the fam. Doing this preserves time and spoons (energy).

2. Aluminum Foil

Whenever you are baking, line your pans with aluminum foil to avoid heavy clean ups. You can even line a baking sheet with foil,put bacon and sausage in the oven, no fuss, no mess.

3. Fanny Pack

I have a hard time carrying myself around, so a purse just isn’t in the cards for me. Fanny packs are back in style, so get yourself a few cute ones and keep your essentials in there.

4. Puff Cuff

My hair is really thick and it hurts to have my arms up for a long (short) period of time, so instead of a hair tie, I use a puff cuff. You just clip it around your hair and boom! instant ponytail.

5. Grabber Tool

This tool is like a bridge between what you need to grab and your ability to do so. Not only can a grabber tool be used for getting things that are too far away, it is great for picking things up that are on the ground without the stress of bending your back.

6. Body Pillow

Sleeping with a body pillow is a complete game changer! You can shape them any way you need to support various body parts. I especially love these for hip pain at night. I like to sleep with a pillow between my knees to minimize any discomfort and a body pillow is great for that.

7. Mattress Memory Foam Topper

If you can't afford to invest in a good mattress right now, I  suggest investing in a good mattress topper. This will give you a better night's sleep, making you feel more rested and hopefully feeling a little bit better.

8. Robot Vacuum Cleaner

This is a luxury item, of course, but who says you can't treat yourself every now and then?

9. Planner

Being able to jot things down in your planner will help you with productivity and goal setting. It's easy to get overwhelmed when all you can think about is a long list of things to do. Creating lists offers an opportunity to visualize and prioritize. Moving less important items may help lower anxiety.

10. Invest in Good Shoes

Invest in comfortable shoes, especially if you are on your feet for the majority of your day. Comfortability is key when you have a chronic illness.

11. Ladies, invest in a good bra 

Having a good bra is crucial period, but especially if you are having back pain. I prefer ones that fasten in the front. You will have to spend some coins in this area, but you deserve to have good support, in ALL areas of your life.

12. Shower Chair

 

Having a shower chair changed my life! I never wanted one because I felt like I was "too young" for a shower chair. Pffft! These make taking a shower a lot more enjoyable.

     These hacks really help me physically and mentally and it is my hope that at least one of these hacks can also help you. What are some life hacks that you use to make your life easier with a chronic illness?