Managing Chronic Illness At Home

For many, managing their chronic illness at any time is a struggle. Even at home, it can be painful and irritating trying to find ways in which your body can just feel “normal” within itself. I struggle from IBS (mid-diagnosis) and I suspect that I have Chronic Fatigue as well as issues with my back. Below are some of the best ways you can deal with your Chronic Illness at home. Sometimes, these remedies can help if you’re planning on going out for the day, on a trip, or if you have something planned for the evening

Physiotherapy

For people with Chronic Illness, the thought of attending appointments for physiotherapy can be daunting, and the travel in of itself can be tiring. However, nowadays there are companies who ensure that your Physio comes to your home. Booking a home appointment means that you can explore your options, from your own home, with a trusted physiotherapist who can help with aches, pains and other ailments.

Self Care Days

Sometimes, we just need to take a self care day. This applies to everyone, but for my Chronic Illness people especially. Make sure you take time for yourself, by yourself. It can be super healing to spend some time alone, even if it’s a day in bed, with your candles on, watching reruns of Sabrina the Teenage Witch (100% how I spend most of my time if I’m honest). But yes! Don’t let anyone tell you what self care should mean to you, do things that make you feel happy, content and at ease, there’s no wrong answer when it comes to self care.

Apps

I’ll always back a good app, and there are so many that can help with pain management. Anxiety Disorders, when classed as long term, are Chronic Illnesses that should be monitored and eased when possible. I use apps such as Calm and Headspace to tackle mine. However, take a look in the app store, you can even just search your Chronic Illness and see which apps are suggested for you!

Massagers

This is a new one for me but it has 100% helped me with managing my back pain. You can pick up a massager from around £30 on Amazon, and they’re a godsend. If you’re not a fan of letting random strangers need your muscles, then a massager can do the job for you! This is the one I use at the moment and my back pain has subsided a lot.

Aromatherapy

This is more of a holistic approach to helping Chronic Pain, but I’ve heard so many good reviews of aromatherapy that I had to include it here. The process involves using aromatic plants, balms and oils to improve general well being and bodily functions. You can pick up a diffuser for quite cheap on Amazon, and diffuse oils all from the comfort of your own home. You can read more about the process and its history here.

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