When you have an autoimmune disease, saving every ounce of energy you can really makes a difference. We asked the #CureArthritis community to give us the scoop on some of their personal “life hacks” they use to make life with arthritis a little easier! We compiled the list of the most useful and easy tips…take a look, you may just learn something new!
– Household Life Hacks –
Cleaning and organizational shortcuts that can help you save time and energy.
“I transfer all of my larger containers, such as laundry soap, in to smaller containers. It is not as heavy to carry and much easier on my joints.”
– Brenda Kleinsasser
“I always put my dishes in the sink to soak them while I make my morning coffee. By the time I’m ready and come back downstairs, the job is practically done!”
– Gillian Pidler
“We try use paper plates sometimes so I don’t have to do as many dishes.”
– Sarah Conway
“Having a small cart to take around the house with my cleaning products helps.”
– Penny Hackman
– Pain Relief Hacks-
These at-home tricks are great to help calm your pain in a pinch.
“Rice sock: I take an extra large men’s thick winter sock, fill it with rice and tie it at the top. Then I heat it in the microwave for 2-3 mins. Perfect for around the neck, legs, arms, lower back or anywhere. I find it’s a better, deeper heat.”
– Kim Key
“I put a heating pad or throw blanket in every room I relax in. This avoids using excess energy to carry around the throw in winter and saves my back from bending to unplug/plug it in when I’m going from one room to another.”
– Stacey Howe
– Cooking Life Hacks –
Preparation is key!
“A great everyday hack is using pre-cut parchment paper to line your baking dishes. It makes cleanup so much easier and it enhances most cooking. Given my very particular nutritional needs, I cook simple, pure foods from scratch everyday and this is such a time and energy saver.”
– Jody Moody
“I’m thankful for the crock pot. It makes meal prep a breeze and saves energy. Just dump in your ingredients, turn it on, and sit back down.”
– Lana McNary
“My hack is to always purchase and prepare more food than necessary. This way, when I cook, I cook extra and then plan leftovers to have available for my most painful days.”
– Megan Bouge
– Everyday Life Hacks –
Tips that’ll make you wonder “why didn’t I think of this before?!”
“I bring a collapsible back scratcher everywhere I go; from pulling car door close enough to shut, to reaching items on shelves in stores and to batting things on floor out of my way, this tool helps make everyday just a bit easier.”
– Debra Walker Kincaid
“I always have my cane in my car just in case my hips give out. I carry my ankle, knee, wrist braces in my purse. I pack an extra pair of shoes. I wear comfortable clothes and I prepare items to be near me in case I suddenly can’t walk or move.”
– Aimee Espinoza
“I use a chip bag clip on my shoulder belt in my car to keep it from fully retracting. With my torn rotator cuffs and a stiff neck, it is difficult for me to reach across and pull over my belt, so I clip the bag clip on it so it does not fully retract, making it easier for me to buckle up. It’s simple but has been a huge saver for my neck and shoulders.”
– Holly Nelson Jeppensen
– Self Care Hacks-
Taking good care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health!
“I use a towelling dressing gown or a robe for after my morning shower. No need to use my arms and hands to dry myself off!”
– Kate Viner
“I try to keep moving and practice self care: exercise, diet, rest, and stress management have turned out to all be key in finding a way to thrive with this disease! I take down time for myself, which for me coincides with the exercise part! My favorite time of the day is my aqua therapy/PT and water walking.”
– Stephenie Vasquez
“My shower chair and removable shower head wand ARE MY FRIENDS!”
– Sarah Jean Bohnhoff
The Foundation would like to extend a special thank you to everyone in the #CureArthritis community who shared their helpful life hacks with the community. You are why we continue to fund research to cure arthritis!
You can see all the responses to the question, What is your favorite “life hack” to make living with arthritis a little easier? by visiting the original life hacks posts on Instagram and/or Facebook.