Keeping up with a household isn't a job you can call in sick to. The laundry still piles up and the kids still have soccer practice, even when your body tells you to rest. But your needs are part of the family's needs, too.
When you're not feeling up to par, you don't have to do it all yourself.
Rethink Your Approach to Cleaning
Put yourself on a schedule. Set aside certain days to do specific chores, including yard work, so that you don't overdo it.
Split the tasks among family members. Assign each person a task (such as taking out the trash) or a set of tasks (vacuum the rugs and empty the dishwasher) to do every week. Or use a "chore jar" to mix it up, so different people tackle different tasks each week.
Prioritize what can and can't wait. Remember, your health is always more important than dirty dishes in the sink.
You might want to have a cleaning service come in regularly. Or you could hire a service to do a thorough cleaning a few times a year.
Cook in Advance
Be ready for days when you don't feel like cooking. Makeand freeze extra meals on your good days.
Don't be shy about telling your partner it's their turn to make dinner, or about asking friends to drop off meals when you're having a flare. Look into prepared meal delivery plans, too.
Be a Savvy Shopper
Stick to stores where you know the layouts of the aisles and the restroom locations.
Get the family involved to speed your shopping time. Break up your shopping list, and give your spouse or older kids some items to find. Have everyone meet back at the checkout area.
Your local grocery store may deliver. There are online grocery shopping services, too.
Specialized local vendors may offer home delivery of dairy products, baked goods, and more. Check to see if there is a CSA (community-supported agriculture) group that delivers in your area. When you join a CSA, you pay a fee for a growing season, then get a share of the harvest each week. It could include vegetables, fruits, herbs, eggs, dairy products, meat, honey, or cut flowers, depending on the farms involved.
Talk about your illness with your children. You don't need to go into a lot of details, but even young kids can understand that there will be days when Mommy or Daddy doesn't feel well and won't be able to play with them. On these low-energy days, do quiet activities together: Read books, do puzzles, or play a board game.
Keep a list of friends, extended family, and neighbors you can call on when you need help getting the kids to an activity. These same people could also take your children on play dates to give you some down time when you're not feeling well.