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Dealing with pain that just will not go away is absolutely exhausting so it is essential that you find a way to confront and cope with it. We need to develop coping mechanisms to deal with some of the side effects of chronic pain.

Some lifestyle strategies can help you cope and live with chronic pain. Here are some that may help you.

  1. Pacing is essential to all chronic pain sufferers. We all know precisely what this means and without pacing ourselves we will feel in worse pain. It can be hard to pace yourself if you are on a good day but if you don’t you may find the following few days even worse. Go gently and do what you can, when you can and do not make too many demands on yourself. If you have something important you want to do but know that this will trigger off more pain then ask someone to help you with it. If you do not ask you will not get help.
  2. Sorting and prioritising your life is another thing chronic pain sufferers must do. Think of the job you want to do and if it really needs to be done. Can it be done in stages instead of all at once or can it be left for someone else to do it for you?
  3. Sleep is another essential part of managing your pain. I am an advocate of this and have been for years. I go for an afternoon rest come rain or shine. My body switches off and I sleep for an hour or so and wake up refreshed and ready to deal with the rest of the day even though I am still in pain. Maintaining a sleep routine is vital. I use everything around to help me sleep which includes an electric heat pad, eye mask and earplugs plus we have blackout curtains which I even close for my afternoon rest.
  4. Plan your week’s goals well ahead so you do not mistake going out for two consecutive days and then ending up in terrible pain. Keep an old fashioned notebook and pen or diary handy to write down your week’s goals.
  5. Book a monthly session for some acupressure, acupuncture, reflexology, aromatherapy massage, osteopathy, or any other type of complementary therapy you think may help. You are worth it and even though some are short-lived that short time without pain is like winning the lottery.
  6. Finally, exercise, which I know can also stir things up. Just that 10-minute walk around your garden will help to keep those muscles you are not using much from seizing up. In pain, we are in a constant battle between our minds and bodies. But our body needs some movement in order to be able to heal even though our minds are telling us otherwise. If you cannot manage walking then maybe some water exercise, in a bath or a hydrotherapy unit.
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Most of my readers also write blogs but I bet many have not really thought about the benefits of putting pen to paper and how much you can do with it. Well, here are 16 reasons you should take up the power of the pen and write more.

  1. Every night write down the errands you need to do for the following day. You will be surprised how satisfying it feels and clears your mind for a better night’s sleep. I always write ideas for my posts the following day.
  2. Writing helps you to sit with your thoughts and get to know yourself better. Pen and paper are very soothing and can take you to another place.
  3. It increases your self-understanding and empathy and allows great mental focus which gives us the time to enter a creative stage and improve our physical health.
  4. A landmark study found that those who wrote for 20 minutes a day for four days had a marked improvement in their mood and visited the GP less than those who were not writing regularly.
  5. It is one of the most easily accessible and adaptable things you can enjoy doing. You can write anywhere and everywhere.
  6. I stopped thinking I am not capable of being a writer as I have written thousands of blog posts over the years so I must be quite good at it.
  7. Writing is not just for one type of individual it is for everyone. It is a way of communicating, self-discovery, creativity, spirituality and self-expression.
  8. Do not think your writing has to be grammatically correct. I was useless at English at school and didn’t even pass it at ‘o’ level. Just enjoy the thought of putting down what is on your mind and you will find it transformative.
  9. Expressive Writing (writing about your innermost thoughts and emotions) has been used to help people process trauma, heartbreak, bereavement, illness and pain.
  10. Write down your struggles, it becomes more real and can help your family and friends to understand your situation. It can also validate something by making it real. It can encourage a shift in your thinking when it is all written down.
  11. When you write all your thoughts down you will realise how many pointless thoughts are taking up space in your brain and it will feel a release to get rid of them.
  12. Writing down the good things that have gone on throughout your day can also be very beneficial and can make you feel so much better.
  13. Buy yourself some beautiful notebooks to write in. They will encourage you to write and will look pretty left out in your room. I have them bought for me by friends and family every birthday.
  14. Write about whatever is going on in your mind and see where it takes you. It may surprise you as it triggers off other thoughts.
  15. Use the good old-fashioned notebook and pen as it encourages you to take your time about what you want to write about allowing you to focus on each word.
  16. Research has shown that 20 minutes a day, writing most days is ideal but even a couple of minutes a day can be worthwhile. Never feel you ‘have’ to write or it will take the enjoyment out of it. I am a list person and have a couple of lovely notebooks around the house which I look at every day and love crossing things off and adding more. It is part of my daily routine. The most important thing is to enjoy it.
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We all love some flowers in our house but did you know that some of them have health benefits as well. The right shade of flowers can actually give you a boost. A recent study reveals that the sense of smell is greatly linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Using the peanut butter test, sense of smell can improve or reveal any signs of the disease. The sense and smells from flowers have strong triggers that tap into one’s memory faster than anything else. Here are five flowers to enjoy their health benefits.

  1. Orange Ranunculus – This flower can help rebalance joy, optimism and wisdom. It can brighten up the worst of the dark days.
  2. Pink Tulips – They call pink the colour of relaxation. A shade of pink named Baker-Miller has even been used to help reduce violence in hostile environments.
  3. Blue Forget Me Nots have a calming colour which is reflective of the sea and sky. The blue blooms are said to stimulate mental clarity, creative expression and aspiration.
  4. Purple Anemones are well known for keeping you motivated and inspired. They will also calm you when you could be feeling a little overwhelmed.
  5. Yellow Chrysanthemums will inspire feelings of happiness and warmth. It is also said to drive confidence, clarity and contentment, optimism and joy.
  6. Peace Lilies as per studies were done by NASA it was found that peace lily keeps surrounding air clean by removing benzene and formaldehyde from the environment.
  7. Jasmine flowers are mostly white, however, there are species that bear yellow ones and some rare species with pink flowers. Jasmine can soothe you, eliminating stress with its great fragrance. The scent of jasmine precisely has earned its credit as an instant stress reliever for many.
  8. Gardenias are fragrant florals you’ll commonly find in flower gardens. These flowers emit a fresh smell that reduces stress and induces sleep. One analysis found that gardenia flowers are great natural alternatives to sleeping pills like Valium. Another study found that you’re less likely to wake up in the middle of the night and more likely to have a restful sleep with gardenia flowers. Instead of reaching for a sleeping aid when insomnia strikes, try picking up some gardenia for your room for a natural remedy to sleeping woes.

Source: Topical Talks, Pro Flowers