Having a chronic illness often leaves you with little energy for cleaning. But that doesn’t always mean you have the luxury to leave it up to someone else. 

If you want to make cleaning with a chronic illness easier then you will need to adopt a strategic cleaning system and not an intensive one. Although this requires more planning and research – it’s a lot less manual labour. 

Cleaning can leave the healthiest people with aching backs and tired muscle. It’s not an easy exercise by any means but it’s necessary.

Not only is a clean home a pleasure to have but it helps keep you healthy too. So if you want to do a lot less painful work and still have a clean house that you feel good about – you’ve come to the right place. 

We all need some help managing aspects of chronic illness and I believe it’s worth taking advantage of any tech that enables this process. But it’s time-consuming to find what’s worth your time and what isn’t. 

That’s where I come in. I’ve done the work and tested at least 30 different apps designed to help with chronic illnesses or general life management. And I’m sharing the best ones in this article. 

The top 13 apps that I’ve listed as the best options for anyone with a chronic illness in 2020 all fulfil a different purpose in disease management. From monitoring symptoms to demonstrating coping techniques – I’m covering it all.  

If you’ve ever tried to explain your chronic illness then you’ll know how hard this is. It’s not just a medical condition. It impacts your whole life. That's why referring to yourself as a spoonie will come in handy. 

A spoonie is a term used to describe anyone with a chronic illness who suffers from limited amounts of energy. It evolved from the ‘spoon theory’, which is a clever analogy used to show how your energy levels are limited when you have a chronic illness – using spoons! 

​It’s effective at explaining your limits to your friends and family in a way that they will understand.

If you’re here – you already know that music helps with chronic pain. But your mood ultimately decides what you end up listening to. So when a bad day hits, I like to have these 5 different playlists with me: 

  1. Pick-me-up tunes 
  2. Songs for relaxation 
  3. Motivational tracks 
  4. Songs when you need a fat cry 
  5. Nature sounds and meditation 

Music is its own form of medicine. But the way you appreciate it will be different from the person next to you (or from me). We attach it to our memories, emotions, decisions and so much more. 

So what I want to make clear is that these playlists are important for what they represent – the mood you want to work on. And, of course, to give you a little bit of song inspiration. 

Turning on a feel-good track is the cheapest and fastest therapy I can think of. I’m not a singer or songwriter, but I love music. And I use it for my own chronic pain management all the time. 

Did you know that people listen to music for up to 126 different reasons? It’s so much more than a pick-me-up. Music has the proven power to shift our way of thinking and our physiological responses.

Research is now showing that it can also reduce our perception of pain. Music can be used as a non-pharmaceutical treatment for chronic pain… and actually, work! 

If you want to look good and feel good about yourself – don't feel guilty about it. I think it's awesome that you want to make fashion work for you despite your chronic illness. 

But I also understand that what you choose to wear can be the last thing on your mind when you feel like hell. That's why I've developed these 15 fashion hacks – getting dressed (and looking good) is about to become effortless!