Today's blog post is from guest writer, Jackie Waters.
Jackie is a mother of four boys, and lives on a farm in Oregon. She is passionate about providing a healthy and happy home for her family, and aims to provide advice for others on how to do the same with her site Hyper-Tidy.com.
Four Ways You Can Master Chronic Pain
If you have recently been diagnosed with some form of chronic pain, you may still be dealing with the shock or disbelief that comes with the diagnosis. Whether you suspected a condition or did not see the diagnosis coming, you may feel alone and vulnerable right now, but you aren't. There are many others out there who have been facing this issue, people who can teach you how they've managed and offer support to you. However, if you need time to adjust before reaching out, here are some things you can do yourself to begin your journey with chronic pain.
Create a Peaceful Home
It may seem simple, but having a peaceful space at home is going to be such a blessing. If you're having a bad day, being able to come home and know that it is entirely your sanctuary may help make a difference. Keeping your home decluttered will not only make your life easier overall, it will make it easier to clean, even on days when you just want to curl up in bed. On those days, if your home is filled with fabrics and textures that feel soft and comforting against your skin, you may find it more relaxing. In addition, you can bring in a diffuser with 100 percent pure essential oils or essential oil candles that can fill your home with an aroma you love.
Discover Relaxation Techniques
Finding ways to relax, especially when feeling stressed or harried, can seem next to impossible. That's why it is important to practice relaxation techniques each and every day. Once you have built a routine, it will be easier to rely on when your pain is particularly demanding, or even just when you find yourself feeling overwhelmed and anxious. There are breathing techniques to help you focus and methods to help ground and center yourself. It is important to find something that works for you, rather than forcing something you think should work.
Maintain Gentle Exercise
When the pain is active, you may not want to exercise. It may seem to make it worse at first. But, if you do not make yourself push through the initial discomfort, there can be no room for growth or improvement. You'll need to ease into it and take your time. Talk to your doctors about a regimen that will be best for you and work with them as you go. They will know what is safest and best for long-term pain management.
This may be the trickiest of all. It may feel like you have no control over your situation, or that you are at the mercy of your body. You have to find a way to convince yourself that this is not the case. There will be difficult days, but they do not need to define you. You are not your chronic pain. You are an individual who lives with a condition and does the best you can do. It's understandable that you may feel depressed about your diagnosis, but it is imperative you pull yourself out of any lingering victimhood mentality. You're not a victim. This condition does not and will not own you. Part of overcoming this may be reaching out to others for help, having open conversations with your doctor, and learning not to ignore or downplay what pain you're in. If you are honest about your pain, your doctor can more accurately assist you in management.
The first part of any recovery is going to be letting go of blame or a sense of misfortune. It is important to always remember that you are so much more than your condition, and that there are people out there who will be happy to help you on your journey to living your best life. With support, by creating the healthiest environment for yourself, and by taking excellent care of your body and mind, you may be able to master your chronic pain.
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