For those suffering from a chronic illness, even mundane daily tasks can be a challenge. Packing up and moving to a new home could be an overwhelming thought. But if you cannot avoid this task, here are a few ways to make it work no matter what ailments you are battling at the same time.
1. Hire Help
Anyone with an ongoing illness knows that you must pick your battles. No matter what you take on and what you get help with, there will still be a lot to do. So, before you begin, prioritize what you absolutely must do yourself – such as sorting through the kids’ belongings – and what you can have others do. Hire help with the latter.
2. Make Your Own Plan
Having a plan of attack makes something large feel less overwhelming. Many of those who organize their lives around a chronic medical problem find that writing down things helps them stay on track. If this tactic works for you, run with it. Create a schedule or timeline that gives you reasonable goals without making you feel pressured.
Your plan has to be personalized to your own needs. You know your body and what you can or cannot handle. Don’t let other people’s expectations or methods get in the way of creating your own way of accomplishing this move.
3. Start Early
The sooner you can start the packing and moving process, the better. The extra time allows you to work at your own pace and to take time off when you aren’t feeling well. You can also break up larger projects into smaller, more manageable chunks of work. You may only be able to pack one box per day, but if you have enough days, that effort can be sufficient.
Beginning as early as possible also helps you stay organized as you go. You have time to get the right supplies, create and consult checklists, and downsize your belongings before packing them up.
4. Use Your Support Network
This is the time to reach out to your support network: friends, family, coworkers, children, and even home helpers. Look for tasks that you can get help with – perhaps tasks that you aren’t comfortable farming out to the moving company – such as sorting documents or thinning out your closet. Close friends and family members can be big helps with these things.
When you do ask for help, let others do the work for you – even if it’s not quite how you would do it. If the job is done and it will survive until the next house, leave it be.
5. Simplify Elsewhere
Because you have an unavoidable project on your plate, try to simplify as much as you can in the rest of your life. This is a good time to pare down your social engagements, avoid unnecessary school involvements, or reduce your workload whenever possible. Put your finances on automatic or prepay some expenses so that you aren’t stressed about handling them during the packing.
Don’t overdo your simplifying, though. You still need stress relievers, so cutting off all social activities may not be good for your health. Prioritize what will refresh you and what is mandatory, and learn what you can let go of for the duration.
While no one can take away all the stress and physical exertion of planning and executing a move, you can not only survive but thrive during it. These few tips will help you create your own moving plan and be able to focus your energies in the right places.