When you have a chronic illness, it can make everything in life just a little bit more difficult, even if you’re doing everything right to manage the illness. These illnesses can be incredibly frustrating to live with, not to mention completely exhausting.
All of which is why this article aims to offer you some tips and tricks to help you make those chronic conditions just a little bit easier and hopefully give you a little break from them at the same time.
Tip 1: Get Your Medications Delivered
When you have a chronic condition, that tends to mean you have to take medication on a pretty regular basis. That itself isn’t an issue, but going out to get that medication on a regular basis can be a hassle, particularly if your condition makes it difficult to get around or to remember to collect your medicine.
Fortunately, services such as chemistclick.co.uk make it possible for you to get your prescription medications sent directly to you. This can help to save you so much hassle not only in going out to get your medications but also in helping to prevent the issues that come when you forget to fetch your medication and have to go without it until you can get hold of it again.
In short, these remote prescription services can be a complete game-changer in making your medications more accessible.
Tip 2: Do the Job Badly
There is a common saying – “if a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing well” – and while the sentiment behind it is admirable, it unfortunately implies that doing anything less than perfectly is somehow less worthy.
However, when you are living with chronic illnesses, it is often impossible to do everything that you need to do perfectly. So, if you aren’t careful, that kind of “motivational” message can become demoralizing instead. In fact, it is better to take the sentiment of that saying and turn it on its head.
As G.K. Chesterton said: “If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.”
That sentence might seem strange at first, but consider the implication. If you have something that you need to do, it is far better that you do a bad job of it than not do it at all. Eating a ready meal, for example, might not be as good for you as eating a homemade one, but it’s still better than eating nothing.
With chronic illness, sometimes all you can do is the bare minimum, and if that is all you can do, then that is fine. If it is worth doing, then it is worth doing badly. What you are capable of is enough.
Tip 3: Be Kind to Yourself
Speaking of which, one of the most difficult things to deal with as someone with a chronic medical condition is the feeling that you shouldn’t be struggling or that you should be able to do something you are struggling to do. That sense of shame and inadequacy is one of the worst feelings in the world, and you in no way deserve to feel it.
Chronic illnesses are hard to live with, and every day, you have to get up and get on with it. It is important to remind yourself occasionally that your everyday life is genuinely harder than most people have to deal with and to remember that you do so much.
Be kind to yourself. Cut yourself a break, and remember that it is okay for things to be hard. You’ve got this.