FIVE REASONS WHY I LOVE SUNDAYS…

1.  No alarm clock..

2. The Sunday papers…

3. Sunday lunch …

4. A lie in …

5. Remembering the lovely walks when went on with our dog…

What are your top five? …

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10 HABITS THAT CAUSE BACK PAIN…

This infographic from Inversion Table Review Blog has 10 very important habits that can cause back pain.

They are simple every day movements that can greatly affect your back.

Sitting for too long is the classic one and one I think young children are doing far too much of that nowadays.

Having poor posture. When we were young you were awarded posture belts for good posture at school. They don’t seem to do that now.

Skipping exercise. Again the younger generation seem to prefer to sit with their iPhones which seems to have become the norm now.

Overlooking an unhealthy diet. With so many ready meals available, it has also become the norm to just buy a meal to pop in your microwave or oven but until home cooking is taught from an early age I don’t think this will alter quickly.

Sleeping on an old mattress. This is a fairly new idea to alleviate back pain. We do change ours regularly but was something that you probably didn’t do years ago,

Wearing high heels. I’m afraid I was very guilty of that but the fashion now is easy to follow in low or flat heels when not out on the town.

Letting stress build up. This is something I have written about before and is definitely applicable for people in any type of pain.

Watching too much tv. I guess this applies to point three and skipping exercise as so many people just watch some of screen for hours on end.

Ignoring back pain. This is very very important as the longer you leave it before you seek advice or help the harder it will be to sort the problem out.

5 USEFUL TIPS WHEN OVERWHELMED WITH PAIN…

These five useful tips from Pain Warrior Code are so topical and would help anyone when going through an acute phase of overwhelming pain.

Venting it out is something I would never have thought of doing and yet it makes complete sense. Get it off your chest instead of bottling it all up. I tend to keep it to myself as I feel it’s the same old all the time but actually an acute attack can knock you for six and unless you let others know what you are going through then they will not know how to help you.

Encouraging yourself that it’s just an acute phase and not a chronic one can also put your mindset into the I can get through this part of a flare-up. As I am sure by now all my readers know that I am a massive advocate of rest. Without my rest I would not be the person I am today, I would be a very miserable person. I can’t stress enough how even forty winks can kick-start your own endorphins to help you cope with pain.

And of course my way of redirecting my thoughts is to write.

25 INVISIBLE SYMPTOMS OF FIBROMYALGIA…

The biggest problem with Fibromyalgia is the fact that you have so much overall pain which has nothing to show for it.

It’s not that you want to go around with a plaque on your head saying ‘I’m in pain’, but if you look at the number of invisible symptoms of Fibromyalgia it makes you realise why people question your pain, when there is nothing to show for it.

I had more sympathy for a broken metatarsal which was in plaster than I’ve ever had for my chronic pain and I wouldn’t have minded but once your foot is in plaster there is no pain.

Hopefully the more awareness raised an out Fibromyalgia the more others will understand your condition. This infographic from Fibromyalgia Treatment Group explains it all.

IS STRESS CONTRIBUTING TO YOUR PAIN ?…

We all suffer from a little stress on a regular basis but if your stress is constant then this can contribute to your pain. Constant stress has been proven to lead to heart attacks and depression, and also disrupted sleep.

We constantly judge ourselves over how our life is, mistakes we my have made or what other people think of us. But negative thoughts can play havoc on our health.

If you can identify what you can’t control, which can be a number of things for people in chronic pain, and think instead on how you can deal with your problem, this will bring your stress down a notch.

It’s hard to admit to yourself that there are some things that you can no longer do but if you can find someone to help you with it then you will feel much less stressed out.

If it’s a situation that you feel you have no influence over, make a decision about whether you will adapt to it in the best way you can, ask someone else to do it for you or leave it alone.

Practising some simple breath awareness with some yoga poses, or meditation, can help to relieve pain. Everyday Health say eliminating stress relieves pain. Stress and pain can each impact the other, creating a vicious cycle that sets the stage for chronic pain and chronic stress.

Patients need to manage their stress to be in the best psychological state to benefit from other therapies,” says Carmen Green, MD, associate professor of anesthesiology and director of pain medicine research at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor.”

Constant chronic pain can affect your quality of life, but learning how to cope with stress and can help you manage the pain and lessen it’s impact.

A few great books to help you deal with stress are The Stress Solution, 4 steps to a calmer, happier, healthier you, by Rangan Chatterjee. This book offers simple and achievable interventions to help you re-set your life, offering simple tools for how to cope with modern life.

The Art of Relaxation and Stress Relief – Butterflies – Colouring Book for Adults, by Eva Alcantara . Colouring books are now considered a great way to unwind and take your mind off your pain and stress.

Yoga Nidra for Complete Relaxation and Stress Relief by Julie Lusk. This book is packed with meditation, relaxation skills and visualisation techniques to help you cope with stress.