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.  

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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.

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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. 

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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! 

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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! 

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It’s like having a chronic illness isn’t hard enough to cope with – right? But when it starts affecting your relationships and leaves you feeling abandoned – it adds a whole new level to the meaning of chronic loss.  

An illness affects every aspect of your life and your social networks are no exception. One of the biggest scars it can leave you with is the fear of being alone… and I know this because it happened to me.

It’s not that I was afraid to spend time alone. And it’s not like people in my life actively cut me out. It was more about the fact that no matter how much I made an effort – I didn’t feel heard. Sometimes I even felt ignored. 

It was like I was screaming for help in a soundproof box. And people could see me, but they couldn’t understand me… so they just kept walking. 

Does this sound familiar at all? 

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