Take time to relax
Being in a lot of pain can cause your muscles to tighten and tense up, and as a result, you could find that you’re in even more agony. So, to keep your pain under control, it’s important to let yourself relax, both physically and mentally. There are a variety of things you could do to help yourself unwind. For example, you could try some deep breathing exercises or have a go at meditation. Some people find getting a massage to be highly effective way to reduce stress and relieve tension, especially if it targets the problem area, such as the back or neck.
Keep yourself distracted
It might seem to be easier said than done, but keeping yourself distracted could help take your mind off the pain. Shifting your attention to something else, even for just a short period of time, could work wonders for you. There are a range of things you could do. For example, why not try your hand at a new hobby? Whether it’s practising your photography skills or getting to grips with knitting, there are many different activities you can have a go at, even if your mobility is restricted as a result of your health condition.
Spend time with your family and friends
It can be easy to allow yourself to become distant from those around you when you’re suffering, so make sure you’re careful to not let your chronic pain come between you and your family and friends. Whether you invite a family member over for dinner or you chat to a friend on the phone, keeping in touch with people is great for your health and it’s a guaranteed way to lift your spirits if you’re feeling down.
Talk about it
Believe it or not, talking about your pain could help you feel better. For example, you could chat to others who have experienced similar problems themselves and understand what you’re going through. Whether you sign up to a forum online or phone a support helpline, there are a number of ways in which you can speak out about your situation.
You might even find it helpful to speak on a one-to-one basis with a professional, such as a counsellor, psychologist or a hypnotherapist. During your sessions, you’ll be able to discuss your feelings and receive on suggestions on how to deal with your emotions in regards to your pain. For more advice on counselling and how to access it, you should speak to your GP.
Do your research and find the right solution for you
Aside from taking these tips on board, you could carry out your own research. By searching online, you should be able to get further information about your condition so that you can understand it better. You may even discover more ways to make living with chronic pain easier.
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