I’ve done a lot of these posts but I am also continually finding new things which make my life with chronic pain and fatigue easier. And my condition changes so I need to find new ways of coping. All the info in the past posts is still really relevant and if you’re new to chronic illness or my blog, I would recommend looking back at them.
- Things which make my life easier
- Stuff which makes my day a bit better
- Things which make my day easier
- Reading with hand pain
If like me, you’re stuck inside, I hope my connecting with nature posts give you some inspiration:
- Connecting with nature when you’re stuck in the house
- Connecting with nature when you have limited mobility
- Why am I rambling about nature so much?
A good mattress. I’ve written before about the value of a mattress topper and they do make a lot of difference. But I’ve just bought a new bed and mattress and the difference is amazing! Although now I stop and think about it, my mattress topper was probably over 5 years old… Everyone has different mattress needs but I have gone with a mammoth mattress and bed (there was a deal if you got both). Because it’s a medical mattress, I got VAT off. When I was trying out mattresses, I lay on them like everyone else but I also made sure to do lots of wiggling as that’s how I sleep. For me, memory foam was awful – I couldn’t turn over and it was a nightmare to get me off them as I sort of got sucked in…! Of all the memory foam ones, the ones which were half sprung, half memory foam were the best. But the mammoth was the one which was best for me. If you’re mattress shopping and have a bed raiser or profiling bed, make sure to ask for advice. Some of the mattresses we looked at would not have worked well if they’d had to bend.
Electric hot water bottle. All of the hot water bottle benefits without having to use scolding hot water. Mine are (I have two!) from noozie and take about ten mins to heat up and stay warm for a few hours after, longer if they’re in bed with you.
Metal straws. I use a lot of straws for meds and my drinks and when I go out. Metal straws are cheaper and more environmentally friendly than the plastic sort. Depending on where you buy them, you can get a pouch to pop one in your bag and keep it clean. Most seem to come with a cleaner. NB, don’t use metal straws for hot drinks, you could burn yourself. Plastic straws designed for hot drinks are the way forward there.
Toiletry bottles. You know the ones I mean? They come free in washbags and you use them to take shampoo away with you. Well, if you’re on a lot of liquid meds, they can be an easier and lighter alternative to taking all your glass bottles with you.
Salt sachets. My lovely friend picks these up every time we go for coffee now so I have a good stash! I use them to add salt to drinks when I’m feeling potsy and have some in my bag, my wheelchair and on my trolley.
Earphone headband. I hate sleeping with earphones in but I have awful neighbours who can be so loud I can’t hear my audiobook at night. Enter sleepphones. They are a headband which has flat speakers inside. You can feel them but they are so much better than earphones. They come with a cord or a bluetooth connection. Whilst I was concerned about strangling myself in my sleep, I tried the corded version as they’re cheaper and I’ve been fine! The cable is a good length and their customer service is great. I had a little issue with mine and they responded and acted on my email within 12 hours, no questions asked, no fuss.
Beanbag laptray. You can get some really cool ones these days including ones you can add your own photos to. They are great for eating off but also for using in bed. I have my laptop on one at the moment. I also use them for doing little craft things on so that I can lift and move the whole project easily without dropping stuff everywhere. You can get crafters trays as well if that’s specifically what you’re wanting.
I’m very certain there were more things I wanted to include on this list but that is the nature of brain fog… If I remember I might add them to the comments!