Living with chronic physical pain can be challenging. You may feel isolated, frustrated by your condition, and unsure of how to manage the daily challenges of your life. The good news is that there are simple things that you can do to ease the burden of chronic pain. Here are five tips for managing your pain when it comes on strong:
Don’t let the pain become your identity.
The most important thing to remember when you are in pain is that your physical pain is not who you are. Pain is a symptom of something else, and it will not define who you are. You are not your pain. Pain may be temporary, but your identity is permanent. Don’t let the physical discomfort become a bigger deal than it needs to be in order to feel better and enjoy life again!
Know that it is OK to ask for help.
While you may be used to doing everything on your own, it is important that you remember that it is okay to ask for help. You don’t have to do everything by yourself. It’s OK to ask for help from others or get assistance from a support group, or even a professional.
It is also important that when you decide to get assistance, find someone who will listen and provide support without judgment.
Remember to breathe.
The next step is to acknowledge that your body is in pain. Remember, it’s OK to feel physically uncomfortable—that’s just what happens when you’re hurt or sick! Your body is doing its best to heal itself and get you back to feeling better. You can help by breathing deeply and focusing on relaxing your muscles. If you’re in a lot of pain, try taking deep breaths while imagining your breath travelling down into the centre of your belly (called diaphragmatic breathing). This will help relax the muscles around the abdominal area, which may be tense because they are trying to protect themselves from injury or illness. Another technique involves taking slow, controlled breaths through pursed lips as if you’re gently blowing up an imaginary balloon inside yourself (this technique is popularly known as “the raspberry”).
If these exercises don’t work for you—and there really isn’t a right way for everyone—just focus on relaxing instead: take long deep breaths through the nose and let them out slowly through pursed lips as I mentioned above; imagine being somewhere else where there are no worries or stresses; focus on something else entirely like watching TV or listening to music until things begin feeling less painful!
Write about how you’re feeling.
Write about how you’re feeling. Writing is a cathartic process that can allow you to get all of your feelings out and express yourself on paper. It’s a way for you to deal with what’s happening in your life, especially if it’s something painful or difficult for you. Use this as an outlet for all of the difficult emotions that are eating away at your body and soul.
Write about what is going on in your life and where those feelings come from — write about what was happening around the time when those feelings started making themselves known in your body, too! This will help you pinpoint exactly when they first started appearing so that they can be properly addressed later on down the road when seeking out professional help or treatment options (if needed).
In addition to writing about why these physical pains began showing up in their current form as well as where those original symptoms came from (if applicable), also write down any other thoughts/feelings surrounding this situation such as depression-related issues like “I’m not good enough” or guilt related issues like “‘I should have done better than this.” These types of thoughts can sometimes lead us astray but if written down appropriately then there may be hope after all…
Find a mantra.
A mantra is a word or phrase that you repeat to yourself over and over. It can be positive, such as “I am strong” or “I know I can do this.” Or it can be negative, such as “This pain will never go away.” You might even use a prayer, song lyrics, or a quote from someone else to serve as your mantra.
The power of the mantra comes from its repetition—it becomes part of your mental backdrop. This can help you focus on something other than the physical discomfort you are experiencing. Mantras are also used in meditation to help with both concentration and calming anxiety.
Living with physical pain can be challenging, but not everything has to be difficult.
Physical pain can be overwhelming, but it is important to remember that you are more than your pain. It is also a great reminder that this is not the only thing that matters in life.
There’s so much more out there for you to explore! The world is filled with beautiful things for you to experience and enjoy, so don’t let physical pain hold you back from reaching them all.
You are not alone in this fight; there are people out there who have been through similar experiences as you, who know exactly how it feels because they have experienced it themselves. It takes time and patience, but eventually, we will find our way out of the darkness into light again—so keep moving forward with hope and faith 🙂
You can create videos about chronic pain to help others and create awareness. A video can be a great way to spread awareness about chronic pain and other conditions. It’s an especially good tool if you’re trying to educate the public or those who don’t have access to medical care, such as refugees or people living in developing countries.
You can also use videos to share your own personal story of living with chronic pain. You may want to make a video diary of your experiences or record yourself talking about how you cope with your condition and what has helped you manage it.
To get started making a video, first think about what you want it to say. Do you want people who are unfamiliar with chronic pain to understand what it’s like? Or do you want them to know how they can help someone with this condition?
Once you’ve got an idea of what message you want to convey, the next step is figuring out how long the video should be and how much information it needs to contain. The best length for a video depends on what you want it to achieve. If you’re just making an introduction, then five minutes is probably sufficient. If you’re going into more detail and explaining how someone else can help you cope with your condition, then 10-15 minutes might work better. You can always use video compressors to ensure the quality of each clip. You can also add text and music visualizer to make it more engaging.
We hope this blog post has provided you with some helpful information on how to live with chronic pain. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us at [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you!
Source: Guest Post from Ronie Salazar at VEED