Hello, and welcome to Chronic Life Hacks.
My name is Claire, I am from Australia and I have been living with ME/CFS since the early 90’s when I was a teenager. I know what it is like to have life disrupted by pain, fatigue, and other symptoms and the need to adapt to limitations and approach life just a bit differently to my healthy peers.
There are so many other people living with challenging life circumstances that impact what they can do who want to find more contentment and calm in the circumstances they face each day. I share ideas that have made my life with chronic illness more content and easier to cope with.
If like me your life is disrupted by something challenging I am sure you are interested in ways of making your life more enjoyable when you are facing major challenges but the following are things that make my life significantly more manageable when I don’t feel well.
These are some of the things I have to share so far.
1) Strategies that make everyday things such as the Tasks of Daily Living a bit easier. You can also read back through my posts on Instagram for so much more. The posts are also here https://www.facebook.com/chroniclifehacks.
2) Meditating and using yoga for physical and emotional well being, strength, and keeping my body moving when it feels stiff, sore, and achy and my mind feels sluggish. I have been teaching gentle yoga for 3 and a half years (as of May 2022). In 2020 with Covid-19 lockdowns in Victoria, Australia I have braved making some quick videos to share with my students, family and friends, and on social media.
Tips to make your first Yoga class with a chronic illness a good experience.
My 4 Favourite Yoga books suitable for Chronic Illness
3) Making room for creative activities is really important and finding ways to easily do a small amount at a time regularly makes it possible more often.
I wrote an ebook that I have also been printing out for friends and family. It lays out all the tips and tricks I use to approach things I want to. How I plan ahead and have things prepared to simply start on more than just my best days. Get Creative Book Unlock Time and Energy so you can fit Creative Activities into Your Life (whatever your life looks like….) Buy and download straight away http://chroniclifehacks.com/get-creative-book/
How to fit enjoyable activities into your day when you have a chronic illness
Reading aloud and other ways to connect with books.
Join my free book club group on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/groups/constellationbookclub/
I’ve compiled a FREE 30 page eBook with simple gentle ideas of how to approach the Christmas season in a warmhearted way. It also has a preview of my Get Creative book at the end (after the 30 page book). A Warmhearted Christmas eBook
4) Using technology for entertainment, distraction from symptoms, and to access resources.
The Entertainment and Technology Life Hacks menu tab has links to at least 10 articles I have written on topics including eBooks and audiobooks, podcasts, social media, and smartphone use ideas.
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