A while ago it was suggested that I talk about my thoughts on how to cope with the day to day stuff that everyone with illness faces. How to get through work or study or whatever else you need to do, when struggling with illness. I thought this was a great idea, it is obviously something everyone with illness needs to do, and something which is very difficult to do. My second thought was that this was going to be really difficult to discuss. What a person with illness goes through on a daily basis can vary dramatically between and even within illnesses. What I need to do to get through the day may be completely different from what you need to do.
Although the specific challenges we face can be very different, ranging from managing ongoing pain, to having to take frequent toilet breaks, one thing we can all relate to is the disruption these things can cause in our lives.
I think a good way to try and manage daily life is to have a clear and realistic idea of what you can achieve in a day, and to then make a plan for each day based on this. It is worthwhile spending 10minutes each night planning what you need to get done the next day, and how you will go about this. Make sure you include the things you need for your health in your plan. This includes taking breaks, eating a healthy lunch, doing whatever exercise you are able to do, and scheduling doctors appointments. You need to see these things as equally important as your work or study commitments. Once you have a clear idea of your day, this will help you better manage things.
It's also important that you reward yourself if you manage to achieve what you set out to do in the day. Write down with your to do list what your reward will be.
If you find you're really struggling with things, make sure you talk to the relevant people. Your doctor might have some ideas on what would make it easier for you to manage your commitments. It's also important that you talk to your boss, teachers, or disability support services, so that they have some idea of what's going on.
What helps you manage the day to day stuff? What advice would you pass onto others?