HOW TO DEAL WITH PAIN ON A DAILY BASIS.
If like me, you suffer from chronic pain (30 years +) then you will know that it is essential that you know how to deal with it daily.
With over 30 years of living with some sort of pain I have some tips that might help you.
- Feel the pain sometimes rather than reaching straight for the medication.
- Do not be frightened to ask for help, see if a family member, a friend, or a neighbour. Take responsibility for yourself and ask for help when you need it.
- Find out what treatments are best for you. It may take a while but don’t think alternative or therapeutic treatments will not work as you might find one that really helps you.
- Rest, rest and more rest, every little help to recharge your batteries. When you feel that overwhelming urge to sleep try and get forty winks.
- Keep all your ‘helpful’ pain relievers to hand, be it a hot water bottle, pillow, cushion, medication, whatever you have that helps your pain.
- Make your work life balance work for you. If work is leaving you exhausted and in pain, then design a flexible plan that works better for you and your boss.
- If you are working from home, then set your hours for earlier or later in the day so you can be more productive.
- Try and keep a pain journal so that you can see what can trigger off an attack, then you can do something about it.
- Join a support group as there will always be someone who understands how you are feeling.
- Don’t always try to put on a happy face. Your loved ones need to know what makes your symptoms worse.
- Tomorrow is another day, and it could be a much better day than today.
- Respect pain. If you have increased pain lasting at least a couple of hours after you have completed a task, try to do less next time.
- Find a hobby, it is a well-known fact that hobbies can help to take your mind off pain. One of the best things I ever did was start writing a blog.
- Keep as active as you can, bed rest is not the answer. A small walk a day will work wonders.
- If you are travelling in a car or any form of transport, be prepared in advance. Utilize lumber supports, heated seats, and take regular breaks.
- Find your own chill zone at home where you can just relax, read a book, listen to music, read a magazine or watch something you love on your iPad.
- Watch your weight. I think we all know that excess weight can cause so many problems to our health, so it is essential that we check our weight regularly.
- Finally, never, never, never give up.