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3 Things You Can Do to Simplify Life with Chronic Illness


3) Streamline Your Chores and Errands: Ask for Help/Delegate

If you have a chronic illness and your energy levels are low, work smart. Are you doing chores or running errands that someone else in your household could do? Perhaps it is time to delegate — maybe to children or siblings — or ask for help from other family members.

  • When it comes to chronic illness, other people don’t necessarily know when you are not well. It is perfectly acceptable to ask for assistance or to ask that others simply do their share.
  • Don’t set unrealistic expectations for yourself. Break chores down into small parts. You may not have the energy to clean the whole house, but you might be able to manage one room a day, or even one section of a room. The key to this method is to focus on what you accomplished rather than what you did not.
  • If you follow the tips about decluttering your home, you may find yourself less intimated when it comes to cleaning. Much less time and effort will be required.
  • If you follow-up your cleaning/chores/errands with fifteen minutes in your sanctuary, you will begin to feel the pleasurable effects of simplifying your life.

Writer Ann Pietrangelo embraces the concept of personal responsibility for health and wellness. As a person living with multiple sclerosis, she combines a healthy lifestyle and education with modern medicine, and seeks to provide information and support to others. She is a regular contributor to Care2 Causes. Follow on Twitter @AnnPietrangelo

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Ann Pietrangelo is the author of No More Secs! Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Multiple Sclerosis and Catch That Look: Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Triple-Negative Breast Cancer. She is a freelance writer and member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Follow on Twitter @AnnPietrangelo

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3:53PM PDT on Oct 27, 2013

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1:58AM PDT on Jun 12, 2013

Many great tips. Thanks for sharing!

7:14AM PDT on Oct 24, 2011

Useful stuff for people without chronic illness too.

10:01AM PDT on Sep 6, 2011

Thank you

6:31AM PDT on May 18, 2011

THANK YOU

1:25PM PDT on Apr 9, 2011

I never thought of my books as clutter but I do have a lot.Otherwise Im pretty clutter free.I try to do as much as I can when Im well so its not so hard for other family members to look after when Im not.

7:58PM PDT on Oct 18, 2010

Good idea

2:16PM PDT on Aug 9, 2010

Living in a motor home (as I do most of the year) instead of a house makes clutter a BIG issue. You will honestly be amazed what you really need to get by very comfortably. Three people need three plates........ if you don't drink coffee you need only one glass. Sounds outrageous, doesn't it? Honest, it works out fine and you'll love not having a kitchen filled with dishes to wash and put away. It feels good to give your books, magazines and games you no longer play to the local Friends of the Library to resell, too. They use the funds to buy goodies for the public library so your gift will enrich the minds of others!

12:40AM PDT on Jun 9, 2010

I wish I had room for a 'sanctuary' in my small studio apartment, but I don't. In fact, there is little room here for the things I actually 'need',so surplus is out the door immediately. I thought caring for a smaller space would be easier, but I was wrong actually. I'm now looking for a larger house or apartment, but it cannot have stairs. I hope I can try some of these suggestions out, but since I live alone, finding someone to share tasks with is out too. Well, at least I have my computer and my music and the books I love. I DO count my blessings, every single day. Most of us could be a LOT worse off than we are. (Imagine being sick AND homeless!)

4:24AM PDT on Jun 1, 2010

Thankyou for shareing this usefull info Ann

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