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How Do We Stay On Track with Our Chronic Illness Care Plan During This Time?

I bought groceries in my pajamas this morning. Don’t worry – I didn’t leave the house.

A couple of our grocery stores around here have been offering the option of curbside pick-up for quite a while now, but I’ve never taken advantage of it. Now that Coronavirus has made its way to our city, I decided it was time to take the leap.

We do the majority of our grocery shopping at two different stores. That means we usually end up making trips to both stores whenever we buy groceries, and right now, I’m not really that comfortable even going into one. Thankfully, I was able to do orders at both stores online.

We still have to drive to two different stores, but we don’t even have to leave our car.

Many of us are doing things right now we’ve never done before. Change isn’t easy at the best of times, and when it’s forced on us, it can be even more difficult.

Between the stress of the situation we’re all in now and the changes we have to make to our schedules, to our ways of doing things, etc., those of us who live with chronic illness run the risk, if we’re not careful, of letting this completely derail our chronic illness care plan.

So how do we keep that from happening? Here are some things that are helping me, and I hope they’ll help you as well:

  • Acknowledge your feelings about what’s going on. It’s perfectly normal to be uneasy at a time like this. Trying to pretend we’re not worried, or refusing to face what’s going on only sets us up for more stress. We all know the impacts chronic stress can have on our health.
  • Take all the precautions you need to take. Taking charge of what we can control can help us know we’re doing everything we can. When things feel so out of control, at least we know there are some things we can take charge of.
  • Stick to your self-care plan as much as possible. Taking care of our health now is more important than ever. Eating well, exercising, stress-reduction techniques, and even pampering ourselves a little can help keep our immune systems strong.
  • Try to stick to your normal schedule as much as you can. When we can stick to our routines, it can give us a sense of normalcy and reduce the stress associated with the big changes we’re experiencing.
  • Keep in touch with your loved ones. With social distancing, we may not be able to physically be with our loved ones, but we can call, stay in contact via social media, or a use a service such as Skype to see them.
  • Remember you’re not alone. This situation can cause us to feel isolated, but we’re all in this together. If you need to talk with someone, please reach out; don’t suffer in silence.

Finding ways to minimize the impacts of the changes we’re experiencing is important to keep us from being derailed. Although things may feel different now, we still need to make our self-care a priority.

I’ve shared what works for me, but what works for one person may not work for another. We are unique individuals and we have to tailor our self-care activities to our needs.

What are some of the things you’re doing to avoid flares and stay as well as possible? Please share!

Blessings,

~ Terri

11 comments

  1. Thank you so very much Terri you always have such great information! This is a great reminder and it is what I should be doing but I am not. It is like time has been irrelevant and I need to take control and get back on a schedule. 🙂 Please take good care of yourself.

    1. Thank you so much Wendi! This has been a strange time, hasn’t it? The first week or so when this started, my Hubby and I were kind of feeling the same way you said – “like time has been irrelevant.” I started to get really anxious, and knew I had to do something. Getting back on a (sort of) schedule really helped me with that. I hope you and your family are staying safe and well. Blessings, love and hugs sweet friend!

  2. It’s fantastic you’re able to get those things safely, and what a brilliant initiative to have curb-side pick up! We can’t seem to get anything here in the way of groceries. Our household (myself, two elderly parents) are technically in lock down due to being vulnerable but I’ve had to be going out until last week, when I’ve self-isolated fully due to, dare I say it, being extra poorly with suspected coronavirus. In another day or two when I reach the 10 day mark I’ll have to go out again because there’s no supermarket with any available home delivery or collection from store options. It’s a nightmare but I can’t help but worry for all those who can’t even use a computer or order online, there are far too many who are going to slip through the cracks. With all the stress and worry, and being out of routine and comfort zones, you make such a good point about staying on track with our care plans. Flexibility is needed but so is reassurance and a way to make sure we still meet those important needs. Fantastic post.
    Caz xx

    1. Oh Caz, I’m so sorry you’re going through this. It really breaks my heart that you can’t get the things you need without leaving home, especially now that you suspect coronavirus. I’m praying your symptoms subside and that it’s not that. It’s also heartbreaking to think of those who may, as you said, slip through the cracks. That’s why it’s so important to check in on our elderly and vulnerable loved ones and neighbors, especially as this goes on for awhile. I’ll be praying for you and your family, my sweet friend. If you need a listening ear, you can always message me. Sending lots of love and hugs your way.

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Sue, and for your kind comment. Finding things that allow us to continue with our self-care efforts during this time is so important. I hope by sharing what works for me I can help others find what works for them too. Thanks also for sharing on Social Media. I really appreciate it! Blessings to you!

  3. Great post!
    We are keeping to our normal routine Terri, as this is nothing new to us, social isolation & staying home with our chronic conditions that is.
    We shop at night when few are out & about. As online orders are down at the moment with the surge of people trying to take that option.
    Bless you,
    Jennifer

    1. Thanks so much Jennifer! Like you we spend a lot of time at home, but of course, we’re at home much more now. We only leave home for groceries, and thankfully, we haven’t had to go into the stores. Take care of yourself and stay safe sweet friend! Hugs!

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