Any pain that is lasting more than 12 weeks is called chronic pain. Chronic pain may limit a person’s movement, which can reduce the flexibility, strength and stamina. It affects the physical, mental, emotional and social aspects of life. Chronic pain can create a troubling cycle to various routine activities and leads to a pervasive lack of wellness that can be debilitating.
Of course, living a normal and pleasant life with chronic pain is challenging, but it is not the end of hope. Learning how to deal with your pain in healthy ways can position you to cope more effectively with the stressful situations. And you would be able to enjoy life with positive attitude and optimism.
Here are 5 simplest ways to coping with chronic pain.
Adopt a healthy lifestyle
Of course, adopt a healthy lifestyle should be a way of living a happy and successful life, but if you are suffering from any kind of chronic pain than it is mandatory to take this step more seriously.
Healthy lifestyle not only helps in dealing with chronic pain but also play a vital role in the prevention of other metabolic and lifestyles diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. And for that purpose, it is must to:
Eat a healthy, balanced and nutritious diet
Eat a healthy diet with lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grain has so many health benefits. It keeps our immune system strong and helps in prevention of further complications. A strong immune system plays a vital role in coping with the chronic pain.
Regular exercise also helps in boosting the level of good hormones, it keeps our musculoskeletal system strong, improves mood and increases the body’s natural ability to cope with the chronic pain.
Try to improve sleep quality
Poor sleep quality may increase the experience of pain and cause a state of irritability and depression. Good night sleep helps in dealing with the psychological impact of chronic pain. So it is recommended to improve your sleep quality by doing simplest things such as setting a schedule for sleeping and wake-up time, adjust the room temperature properly, try some relaxation technique before sleeping to induce a peaceful sleep etc.
Take the better control of your stress level
By taking the better control of stress, you may get some relief from chronic pain. There are several techniques that help your body to relax. Such as,
- · Yoga and meditation
- · Deep breathing exercise
- · Progressive muscle relaxations
- · Take the help of soothing, calming music
- · Mental imagery relaxation
It is recommended to take a professional advice before starting a specific technique. It is also mandatory to learn the correct method for getting the maximum benefit.
Become active and engaged
According to American Psychological association
, distracting yourself from your pain by engaging in activities you enjoy will help you highlight the positive aspects of life. By doing this, you might not be able to avoid pain but you can take better control of your life.
Cut back on alcohol and quit smoking
Apart from other health hazards, smoking can worsen the painful circulation and increases the risk of heart disease and cancer. Quit smoking can help you in improving quality of life
Ask for help
Remember, asking for help is a sign of strength, not the weakness. So if you are struggling with the chronic pain and feeling helpless,
Join a support group
Going through the constant struggle of your pain could be frustrating, especially if you are doing it alone. It may cause a sense of loneliness and isolation. Reach out the people through the internet or your local community for the support group is the best way to reduce your burden. These support groups can understand your problem and reduce your burden by helping you understand your everyday struggle and emotions.
Consult a professional
Chronic pain may cause depression, anxiety and sleeplessness. Sometimes the psychological aspect of chronic pain worsens the existing pain condition. Getting counselling with the mental professional can help you handle the psychological repercussion of the condition. And you can learn to cope with chronic pain more effectively and positively.
So these are some coping tips that can make your path a little easier, what are your thoughts? Please share!
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