Two Tips for Moving House When You Suffer From Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Posted on: 26 December 2018


Chronic fatigue syndrome (or CFS) is a condition which causes a person to feel constantly exhausted, irrespective of how much sleep they get or how physically active they are. Moving house when you have this condition can be an overwhelmingly tiring experience. If you have CFS and are due to move to a new home soon, here are some tips that should help you to cope with this experience.

Use a packing service as well as a removals service

Due to how expensive moving house can be, you may be tempted to pack your belongings yourself and only hire a removalist to help you with the process of transporting your items to the new property. However, if you suffer from CFS, it really is worth using both a removals service and a packing service.

Packing is a tiring and challenging activity, even for people who are perfectly healthy. If you attempt to undertake this task on your own, instead of letting a professional do it, two problems could arise. Firstly, you could overexert yourself to the point where you are physically incapable of getting out of bed by the time moving day arrives. This could lead to you having to postpone the move until your energy levels improve.

Secondly, the chronic exhaustion that you feel on a daily basis could make it hard for you to focus when you're packing. This, in turn, could cause you to make mistakes during this process which could lead to some of your possessions being broken.

For example, if you absentmindedly toss a fragile item (like a crystal ornament) into a box without wrapping it in newspaper or bubble-wrap first, this item could shatter when the removalists transport the box in their moving van.

Likewise, your tiredness may cause you to accidentally stack heavy books on top of lightweight items (such as some camera equipment, for example), which could then result in the latter being squashed or damaged.

Take frequent rest breaks on moving day

When the removalists arrive on moving day and begin to collect your boxes, appliances and furniture, you may be tempted to help out as much as you can.  However, it is best not to do this. Instead, you should take frequent breaks, during which you should do nothing more than sit or lie down for 10 or 15 minutes. Although you might feel silly or even guilty taking these breaks whilst the removalists are busy moving your belongings, it is crucial to take them anyway.

Whilst these breaks are unlikely to energise you (as CFS sufferers rarely, if ever, feel energetic), they will ensure that you do not exert yourself to the point where all of your energy is spent by the time you get to your new home. This, in turn, will ensure that you do not spend the first few weeks in the new property bedbound and completely incapacitated.