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