12 Simple Ways To Make Your Home More Accessible | The Health Sessions

12 Simple Ways To Make Your Home More Accessible

This article is written by Jacklyn Donalds. 

We’ve all experienced days when accomplishing even the simplest of everyday tasks can prove to be a struggle. Chronic illness is commonly associated with discomfort, pain and fatigue. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) can present these in addition to mobility and coordination challenges, which can make daily tasks difficult on a regular basis.

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), six out of ten adults in the US have a chronic disease, one out of four live with some type of disability, and only .73% of housing units with a resident wheelchair user is actually fully wheelchair accessible. When faced with mobility challenges, the accessibility of a given environment is a major determining factor in how engaged and active you’re able to be. This is especially important in the home, where you should have the most peace of mind.

Luckily, there are some relatively simple steps that can be taken around the house that can help you conserve energy and accomplish tasks more efficiently.

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Less But Better: How to Make Minimalism Work When You're Chronically Ill | The Health Sessions

Less But Better: How to Make Minimalism Work When You’re Chronically Ill 

Minimalism is trendy – and understandably so. Over the past decades, our desire to consume has grown as welfare levels increased. But the Marie Kondo craze shows that many of us now have a luxury problem: we have so much stuff that it’s causing mess and stress.

And it’s not just our homes that are overloaded; our schedules are pretty packed too. That’s why more and more people are decluttering their lives to reclaim their time and freedom.

Sounds great, but how do you make minimalism work when you have limited energy and mobility? Take a look at how you can live better with less when you’re chronically ill.

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12 Quotes That Will Motivate You to Take Action | The Health Sessions

12 Quotes That Will Motivate You to Take Action

Do you feel stuck in the moment? Scared and overwhelmed, not knowing what to do or how to take back control of your life?

You want to move on, but you don’t know where to start. Even if you do, it’s scary to stand at the beginning of a long, challenging journey like working on your recovery or going after your dreams. Like Guy Kawasaki said, “The hardest thing about getting started is getting started.

If you feel like you’re drowning in the mud, pause for a moment and take a step back. Breathe in deeply and slowly until you feel calmer and clear-headed. Then, get all your concerns, to-do’s and plans out of your head and unto paper. That way, it’s easier to see what your priorities are and which activities you can delete or delegate.

Finally, the ‘only’ thing left to do, is actually doing what needs to be done. The only one who can change your life is you, so stop waiting for permission or that perfect timing that will never come. Just take the first step – no matter how tiny – and you’ll discover that once you get started, it gets easier to keep moving forward.

Take a look at these 12 quotes that will motivate you to take action and get one step closer to your goal today.

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7 Ways to Make New Friends When You're Chronically Ill | The Health Sessions

7 Ways to Make New Friends When You’re Chronically Ill

Unlike those playground years, it’s a lot more challenging to make new friends as an adult. Everyone’s busy with work, travel or family, so most of us spend our precious time with the people we already know and love.

When you’re a grownup with a chronic illness, forming and maintaining friendships becomes even more difficult. How and where do you meet interesting people when don’t have the energy to go out after work, or worse, when you can barely leave your home?

Even if you’re able to socialize, you probably face some obstacles. Maybe your illness forces you to open up about personal things early on, or you’d love to hang out but struggle to share your limitations without scaring someone off. It might also be hard for relative strangers to understand how your chronic illness affects your everyday life.

Does that mean it’s impossible to make new friends when you’re chronically ill? Of course not – just like everything else related to health problems, it’s only more challenging.

Take a look at 7 ideas how you can still meet new people and grow supportive friendships despite chronic illness. 

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11 Tips for Working from Home with Chronic Illness | The Health Sessions

11 Tips for Working from Home with Chronic Illness

Combining a career and chronic illness is a real challenge. Just getting into the office each day may be more than your body can handle. When you’re healthy enough to earn a living, working from home may be a good solution. Depending on your specific job, you usually have more control over your work schedule and work load. Plus, there’s no commute, no noisy workplace and looking presentable is optional.

Luckily, there are all kinds of jobs you can do from the comfort of your own home. From freelance writing and online coaching to being a virtual assistant or selling stock photography, you can find tons of ideas online. With a good dose of creativity, determination and discipline, other spoonies are earning a living selling apparel on Etsy, creating subscription boxes and even online yoga teaching from bed!

But working from home comes with its own potential problems, like procrastinating, lack of human interaction, blurred lines between work-home life and having to deal with everything by yourself. Not to mention having to deal with the limitations of an unpredictable chronic illness.

So how can you successfully run a business or freelance career when you suffer from health problems? How do you stay productive on flare-up days? Take a look at these 11 tried-and-tested tips for working from home with chronic illness. 

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