Unfucking With a Chronic Illness or Chronic Pain

Many members of Team UfYH are living with chronic conditions, mental illness, learning disabilities, physical limitations, and any number of factors that may make traditional “cleaning” difficult. They’ve shared their methods of working within those limitations and still making progress on their homes.

The key points, for the most part, are:

•Do what you can. If you can only manage five minutes or two minutes, that’s great! Progress is progress.

•Listen to your body. If it’s telling you it’s time to stop, then stop.

•Adapt. There are many tasks that can be done in a non-traditional way, such as sitting down, to make it easier on your body.

•Focus on what’s done, not what’s not done. Progress doesn’t mean immediate results. It means slowly changing habits in a way that’s sustainable for you and your situation.

•Work in shorter increments. If you can do five minutes, great. Five minutes is awesome.

•On days when the pain is especially bad, don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get “enough” accomplished. Just do any little thing that makes you feel better.