Today's topic is close to home - I lived with Chronic Kidney Failure for many, many years until my transplant nearly 3 years ago. Even though there I am a lot better than I was before, I still have some days, or periods, of fatigue, nagging pain, or prolonged insomnia.
Here's some ideas how to keep our lives moving froward even when our bodies don't want to.
Staying Productive with Chronic Illness
Even if you don't have chronic illness or pain, we all have periods of being sick but cannot take a break because we're a parent, caretaker, or boss.
1. Remember you're not a burden
This was a hard one for me to accept, being sick and unable to do anything wears you down mentally too. You didn't cause the disease or illness, so don't blame yourself, or allow others to blame you as well.
If others believe that you are and have been outspoken about this - that's on them, not you (and you need to call them out on it too).
So, relax and recover and allow others to pick up the slack.
2. Give yourself time
Give yourself extra time to accomplish things. I do this in my freelancing work, I add a day to the deadline to allow for "down time".
We're so focused on what others have accomplished that we forget to look "behind the scenes" and see how long did it actually take them to accomplish it. Who knows maybe it took them much longer than you could do the same job, Eh?
Stop comparing and go at your own pace.
3. Make 2 "To-Do" lists
Many people create to-do lists for everything in their lives. I've suggested creating them on Day 6. We feel an urge to complete everything on these lists before we're satisfied.
I suggest you create two to-do lists - one for the good days and one for the "flare up" days. Maybe on the bad days do things that can be done from a bed or desk?
Even if the only thing on your to-do list is "take a shower" - you've done something.
4. Work with your Body
Remember I talked about working with your body's schedule on Day 15? Use this same method with your chronic illness. Work around the times your body is "uncooperative" and work during the good moments.
In my experience, sometimes I just cannot get up in the mornings, so I sleep in, waaay in. Then I putter around with coffee and food and then get some work in (like right now). Other days I can be up early, work all morning, but will need a short nap in the afternoons to recharge. When I was working outside the home full-time, I usually crashed in bed shortly after dinner - adrenaline and coffee was my subsistence through the days.
So, schedule around your illness.
5. Have a support system
If you've already delegated some of your work out (Day 9), maybe have them take on more on the bad days. Nevertheless, have a support system in place - friends and family who can come take the wee ones for a while, someone who can bring over a meal, take you to appointments, etc.
These supporters don't think you're a burden and are happy to help you out. Cherish this group.
Relax, the world keeps moving without you. It's perfectly okay to do absolutely nothing but recover.
That's it, take it easy, do some things you're able to, delegate the rest and stay positive.
Productivity Quote of the Day
"It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop" ~ Confucius
It's been such a long, dreadful winter. Then suddenly we skip Springtime and went straight to Summer in most areas across the United States.
Now the temperature is rising quickly and it's predicted to be a long, hot summer. One sure way to stay cool and be healthy is to include plenty of summer fruit in our daily diet.
Here are 7 of them:
Of course, we all think of watermelon as a fun summer fruit. We eat them at picnics, outdoor BBQs and holiday celebrations.
Watermelon is in season from May to September (depending on where you live) and can be bought with or without seeds.
The nutritional benefits include:
Another well-known fruit we eat, sometimes year round but more popularly in the summertime. We make fruit salads with it, make desserts and even drinks with this popular fruit. Pineapple is grown year around but its peak season is from March to July.
Eating pineapple helps us:
Another highly popular summer fruit we see in stores and farmer markets around June, but late-bearers can produce as late as Fall.
Nutrients in Strawberries include:
Mangoes are as popular as the others mentioned above, but they're a great summer fruit to include. Mangos in the United States are mainly grown in Hawaii and are harvested from May until September.
Eating Mangoes will give you:
These are actually the most popular melon in the United States. They're related to Watermelon and Honeydew melons.
Eating a cup of Cantaloupe gives our body:
We see blueberries popping up in farmers markets and in the wild around May to August. Again it depends on where you live.
Adding blueberries to your daily summer diet can be beneficial as they contain:
I'm not talking about the maraschino cherry on top of your ice cream sundaes. I mean the whole fruit, especially the tart ones.
Not only do they have similar benefits to all the other fruits mentioned but they're unique in that:
As you can see, they don't just taste good but they have many different health benefits.
You might get tired of eating them raw daily, so here are some fun alternatives to try:
Also check out these awesome recipe books!
If you have recently decided to purchase a hot tub, there is no doubt that your entire family is excited and anticipating the day it arrives. There is no experience quite like being able to just relax and enjoy the bubbling, soothing water in the comfort and privacy of your own home.
Not only that, a hot tub can significantly increase the amount of quality time that your family spends together. Below, we will take a look at some of the ways it can make your family time extra enjoyable.
Gathering Point for Fun
Your hot tub will quickly become a focal point for family gatherings, BBQ’s and celebrations. To maximize your enjoyment, create a comfortable and functional outdoor living area and accessorize with patio furniture, a fire pit or even an outdoor kitchen. Whether it is a sunny summer day or cool winter evening, your family time can be enjoyed together outdoors while breathing in the fresh air.
Love having a family game night? Invest in one of the many hot tub friendly waterproof board games or card decks available. The fun of enjoying a game together while soaking in the warm water makes for a memorable evening without even having to leave the house.
Stay Healthy and Active
A hot tub is a perfect place to introduce your children to water and teach them how to swim. This in turn also will encourage them to stay active and exercise regularly. Swimming is an ideal way to stay active and a number of fun exercises can be performed in a hot tub to help your entire family maintain a healthy lifestyle. Even just batting around a beach ball will keep everyone active while having a blast. For children, regular exercise is a must for developing a strong body and immune system and for adults, physical activity helps maintain a healthy weight as well as reduces the risk for a number of illnesses and diseases.
Today, so many kids and adults alike are glued to electronics, phones, and technology. Owning a family hot tub provides the perfect environment to set aside time and unplug. Spending quality time together in the hot tub is something that everyone in the family can look forward to and will enjoy catching up on each others news. If you have teenagers at home that can be difficult to pry away from their phones or computers, water and electronics do not mix so it is the perfect excuse for them to put their smartphone down and relax!
The warm water in a hot tub helps to increase blood flow, improve circulation and assists our body in detoxing naturally. This, in turn, boosts our immune system and helps us ward of colds and other viruses. With a stronger immune system, the whole family is happier and healthier!
If you have been looking for a way to invest in your home and the quality of your family time, purchasing a hot tub is an excellent choice. Even the shopping process is a family event - get the kids involved in picking out their favorite features and participating in testing out the different models that you are considering.
About the Author
Scott Bland has been in the leisure industry for nearly 20 years. As a sales manager in the leisure industry he knows hot tubs inside and out. Right now he works sales while writing about consumer goods on the side. If you want to contact him, you can do so at his LinkedIn.
Apart from the age of your mattress, there are several other reasons which you should consider while replacing your mattress.
Remember warranty only covers defects, not comfort, so replace the mattress well before the warranty has expired.
Following are the reasons that imply it is time to buy a brand-new mattress:
1. Suffering from Back Pain
If you are waking up to body pain frequently these days, then it is your mattress, which is causing trouble. You need to change your old mattress urgently.
2. Neck Aches After You Wake U
Don’t ignore the neck pain, get a new mattress as soon as possible. As your old mattress is very much capable of instigating serious health problems for you.
3. Change Mattress According to the Transformation of Your Body
With each passing time, our body changes, which is directly related to the durability of the mattress. Losing or gaining of your body weight is closely related to your mattress.
4. Experiencing Stiffness in Your Body
After waking up your body is suffering from stiffness! This means while sleeping your body is not getting much-needed support from your mattress.
Chances are parts of the mattress might be wrecked or drooped, this calls for buying a new mattress.
5. Check the Comfort-ability of Your Mattress
It is essential that you wake up fresh in the morning. Apart from the warning signs, comfort-ability is also an important factor to look for while buying a new mattress.
Your new comfortable mattress can also help you to lower your stress levels.
6. Get Mattress as Per Your Lifestyle
At times, you may have to buy a new mattress because of your changed lifestyle. You might be spending a lot of time on your mattress, doing stuff like - reading or working on a laptop or maybe you just sleep a lot.
If this is how your lifestyle is, then you must buy a new mattress which is suitable to your needs.
7. Check the Condition of the Mattress
While sleeping if you can feel those springs in your body. Then there is an urgent need to replace your mattress.
Also, if your mattress is making noise while you toss and turn-a clear sign for buying a new mattress.
Generally, most of the time people ignore the above-listed signs and suffer from health issues. Buy a new mattress if you are facing any of these problems.
Please refer to the infographic "7 Surprising Ways Your Mattress Affects Your Sleep and Health" for more information.
About the Author:
Cindy has been fascinated with the art of sleep since she was a child. Her focus is now on mattresses and the health benefits from OrthoMattresses
Hi! Welcome back to the series I'm doing on Low Vision products. If you missed the other parts of the series, they are: The Living Room, The Kitchen - Part One and Part Two.
Today is about the Bathroom
Let's use the above photograph to explain layout ideas:
1) This bathroom has a lot of natural light as well as room lights. The layout is simple and an open layout helps with moving around. I've seen bathroom where the toilet is in a tiny dark cubicle compared to the rest of the layout.
2) The flooring and the bathtub are the same color and "blend" in, so to prevent accidents and stubbed toes, use a contrasting color bathmat right up against the tub. This way we'll know that the tub starts "here". You could put another smaller mat in front of the sink for locating it as well.
3) You may want to add a lighted magnified mirror to help with close-up work (makeup, shaving, trimming, etc).
4) Also use a contrasting colored rubber mat in the bathtub or shower as well. This helps to see where to step while getting in.
5) If you have trouble with balance as well (sometimes happens along with vision loss), it may help to have a grab bar on the tub or wall to prevent falls.
The Sink and Countertops
Again remember my mantra - the less clutter, the better we can see.
1) The best thing I've found for finding small things is to get baskets and keep everything of one kind in it. For example, one basket for makeup products, a basket for hair products, one for first aid, another for medications. That way everything is in one place and we're not searching all over the countertop or through crowded drawers.
2) It's best to have a contrasting color countertop if possible to distinguish sink, counters, and items laying on the counter.
3) For shaving, use an electric shaver to lessen cuts.
4) For prescriptions, many drugstores offer large print (and Braille) prescription labels for easier reading, but you can also get talking prescription readers as well.
5) For self-injections, as for Diabetes and other conditions, there are several options:
This is a short post as the bathroom is pretty easy to adapt. If you have any tips you use yourself in the bathroom, please share them with me.
Next in the series I'll cover the bedroom. Thank you for reading!
Note: Many adaptations in this series can be found in my eBook.
Disclosure: Some text contains Affiliate links and I may receive compensation from them.
Hi, I'm starting a Series of blog posts for low vision products to use around the home.
The sections will be:
I hope you will join me as I explain each area and the products that can help with low vision - both low tech and high tech.
This series will run throughout the month of March!
Please help me out and let me know what other area would you like to see covered.