Comparing ourselves to others, whether they’re healthy or share our illness, is a bad habit. We each have good and bad days, differing degrees of symptoms, and different levels of tolerance. We need to just focus on ourselves and identify things we can do or change to make our life the best that it can be — our best practices, if you will. We shouldn’t worry about what others think of us.
That is why I’m always looking for life hacks that will simplify my daily life with fibromyalgia. Lots of people share their hacks on the internet. I have my own best practices, and I hope that one or two of them will work for you.
For instance, I make a manageable to-do list of no more than 10 items. My goal is to get at least one done each day. A sample list looks like this:
- Dust blinds
- Read for 30 minutes
- Make a doctor appointment
- Call my sister
- Clean the litter box
- Make a grocery list
- Clean mirrors
- Text my kids
- Fill ice cube container
I have a really helpful container that has a handle and six compartments. When I move to another room, I put the things I need to take with me in it: my cellphone, my reading glasses, a few cough drops, some lip balm, etc. I can carry it in one hand while I use my cane in the other hand. It saves making multiple trips and it keeps everything in one handy place.
I always keep a soft blanket within reach when I’m lying down or sitting in my recliner. Sometimes I need the AC on, but my legs get cold. In the winter, I’m always cold and love to snuggle under a soft blanket.
The laundry area is off the kitchen, so I can always hear when the washer or dryer stops. I used to get clothes out of the dryer, folded or hung up, and put away soon after. Now they may sit in the dryer for a day or so. I just use the wrinkle release option before taking them out. They may also sit on my bed for awhile before I have the energy to fold them and put them away.
When I get mail, I go through it right away, discarding what I don’t need and putting bills and other important items in their proper place. I can’t stand when clutter accumulates and I can’t find things I need in a timely manner. Handle it once and be done with it.
I would love to hear about the things you do that make your fibro life easier. Please share them in the comments below.
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