Updated: Dec 14, 2018
Chronic illness makes everything just a little bit more difficult – sleeping, eating, cleaning, writing, reading, and so many more daily tasks. However, there are so many products readily available to make life easier and help you with self-care. I scavenged the Internet to come up with a list of some of my favorites.
Check these out:
Small utensils aren’t always easy to use. I’ll never forget trying to cut into a steak in my work’s lunchroom and trying to hide my winces. I thought, they seriously need to make utensils with thicker handles.
… Well, it turns out they do. The handles on these babies are chunky and soft and secure even when wet. As a plus, they’re also dishwasher safe.
Chopping veggies with slim-handled knives can make dinner prep feel like torture. The Fullstar Houseware Vegetable Chopper makes things simpler.
The blades are razor sharp to ensure easy slicing and function in seven different ways, so there’s no need to buy separate tools like a julienner or a mandolin. It’s BPA-free and can be disassembled for easy cleaning.
Save time and pain and cut your veggies uniformly with this multi-functional chopper.
Let’s face it, some of the best products are made for pregnant women. This is one of them.
This memory foam-backed pillow provides lumbar support and cushions your back, neck, and arms while reading and watching television. It’s ideal for anyone who needs more support when they sit up.
This is a product that even those who are not chronically ill love. It’s ultra-soft with a breathable plush exterior and shredded memory foam interior.
And it also comes with a sewn-in handle for easy carrying between rooms.
Grocery shopping can be a pain when you have a chronic illness. By the time I get home, I’m wiped out. But then I still have to face what I dread the most: lugging it all up the stairs. The worst part? I can’t carry many bags, so I’m constantly running back and forth. By the time it’s all done, I’m ready to take a nap.
This bag hook makes my job a little easier, and it will make yours easier, too.
The Mighty Handle evens the distribution of weight to protect joints as bags move around. It allows a lot of people to actually carry more as a result, reducing the number of trips they have to make.
Again, even people without chronic illness fall in love with these. I know several people requesting these for Christmas, and the price is right…
It’s currently $9.99 for a 2-pack. It’s worth the purchase for anyone who wants a little help with their groceries!
Compression gloves are a staple for anyone who suffers from arthritis. The form-fitting material snugly embraces your hand to alleviate pain.
These gloves are equipped with a smart seam design with minimal stitching to eliminate irritation. They’re also breathable so you can comfortably wear them for hours at a time.
They’re great for typing, writing, and gripping. Anyone with arthritis should own a good pair of compression gloves.
If you suffer from back, hip, or knee pain, this pillow is worth a shot.
It works by aligning your spine while you sleep. It’s a comfortable size and ideal for side-sleepers.
I personally use this pillow when I’m having knee pain to prevent my knees from grinding against each other. I was pleasantly surprised that it helped so much with my discomfort.
It’s soft and the cover is washable, too.
MLM products get a bad rep, but this doTERRA Deep Blue Rub has offered me relief time and time again. Simply rub a small amount on achy muscles and joints and wait five to ten minutes for a wave of minty relief.
Additional perks? It’s made with CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils and natural plant oils, and it doesn’t leave behind a gross sticky residue once it’s done its job.
You deserve some self-care time, but it’s not always easy to reach certain spots like your back.
Sometimes it can be a challenge just to find the time for self-care!
This shiatsu massager car seat is heated and adjustable. It’s perfect for minimizing and alleviating tensity during long rides… Or short ones, if you’d like!
This is especially great for those who have long work commutes and need to relax.
Everyone should have a good cordless massager. This one is high-quality and comes with a variety of head attachments so you can change the feeling of the massage according to your needs.
Meant for your feet, calves, shoulders, neck, back, arms, and legs, it uses 3,600 percussion pulses per minute to help relieve pain.
It also comes with a cute stand!
Sore shoulders? Want something warm and soothing to wrap around your hips? This wrap comes with built-in handles, making it easy to wrap around your body.
It’s 3-pounds – light enough for easy use, but heavy enough to put gentle pressure on sore muscles and achy joints.
Warm this handmade product in the microwave for heat therapy relief and enjoy its soft fleece and cotton fabrics.
There are also scented options to provide you additional stress relief.
If you have trouble with your joints, you might have trouble bending down to pick things up or reaching high shelves. Wouldn’t it be nice to have longer arms?
The Vive Suction Cup Reacher Grabber adds 32” to your reach and is awesome for those with limited dexterity, arthritis, carpal tunnel, or for those recovering from surgery or an injury. Its handle is ergonomically designed for the most comfortable use. Lightweight, this grabber can hold up to five pounds.
You can even change light bulbs with this thing!
Opening jars can be difficult for just about everyone, but it can be made harder if you’re unable to grip well. This jar opener will grab hold of any lid and you’ll be eating your sweet banana peppers in no time.
It can even open smaller items like a bottle of water and nail polish.
It doesn’t take up much space, either, since it should be installed underneath a cabinet, cupboard, counter, or shelf.
To be clear, you do not have to use this as a place holder for music. It’s perfect for holding the pages of a book in place, and there are many cheaper options out there.
This one is made in the USA from 18-gauge tempered steel and is plated with 24 carat gold.
Sweeping and vacuuming might not be your thing. In comes Roomba. Its sleek design looks great at home and the product can pick up everything from small particles to large debris. It even knows when it’s traveling in an area with a lot of dirt, so it can work harder.
Its intelligent sensors can send it under and around furniture and into other hard-to-reach spots, giving your home a more thorough cleaning.
The Roomba runs for up to 90 minutes before automatically docking and recharging. Cleanings can also be scheduled with the iRobot HOME App so you (almost) never have to think about vacuuming again.
What products do you use to make chronic illness easier to manage?
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