Living with a chronic illness is hard. You have to be so careful that you don’t overdo things, but at the same time, you don’t want to restrict yourself. This is where time management comes in.
If you don’t manage your time effectively, a flare up is more likely to happen, and nobody wants that! So, here are my top tips for managing your time with a chronic illness!
Plan your week
If you plan your week, you will know in advance when you have time to rest, when you are busy and when you can completely crash. I try and roughly plan my week every Sunday, and then every day in more detail the night before.
It can get complicated when plans suddenly change or things suddenly pop up but on the whole, you can try and get an idea of your week at the beginning. I recommend getting a diary, and colour coding it. For example, in my diary I have RED for REST and I write it in so I know when I need to rest each day.
Split your day into thirds
This might sound strange, but ever since my Doctor suggested it to me, I’ve tried to use it every single day. Basically, you split your day into thirds – morning, afternoon and evening. The aim is to keep at least one third of each day to yourself to rest.
For example, if you know you’re going to be busy in the morning and in the evening, try and keep the afternoon to yourself for you to rest. Obviously, this doesn’t work every day, but most days I can make it work for me and that really helps me to manage each day individually!
I also like to add at least 1-2 full days to rest, where I don’t need to leave the house at all and I can fully recharge my battery.
Get enough sleep
Getting enough sleep is so important, with or without a chronic illness, but with one it is even more vital for your health. I know I need at least 8 hours sleep, but ideally I need 10 hours a night. This can vary as if I have had a particularly busy day, I will need at least 10-12 hours of rest that night.
That might seem like a lot but I know if I don’t get that I will start to lag early afternoon and I will need a nap. If I nap, I don’t sleep as well the following night and then it’s just a vicious cycle! I recommend working out how many hours of sleep you can properly function on, and then manage your day around that!
If you struggle getting to sleep, here are a few tips to help with insomnia.
So there are my top three tips for how to manage your time with a chronic illness. I can’t function properly without these habits so by keeping on top of these, I can keep control of my illness and then it doesn’t control me.
If you have any tips and tricks for managing your time with a chronic illness, please leave a comment below as I would love to hear them!
Until next time,