Living with chronic pain can be a real challenge. When you got hurt as a child and scraped your knee, you knew that it would hurt for a while but then that the pain would eventually subside. But chronic pain is a totally different animal. You have no idea when it will rear its ugly head. And you can’t be sure it’ll ever go away. It’s a disaster.
So what can the average person do to fight chronic pain?
Think About What You Want
So many of us spend our lives in the service of other people that we often completely neglect to consider what we want from our lives. In many cases, such thoughts don’t even enter the picture.
Not being authentic and forever running around, catering to the needs of other people can have all sorts of negative effects on the mind. You can’t honestly express yourself, and that leads to all kinds of illness and problems later on.
The trick here is to have an honest conversation with yourself about what you want. Think about how you’d spend your time if you didn’t have so many obligations in your life. What would you do? Be honest with yourself. Give yourself the freedom to think laterally. It’s not a crime.
Investigate Alternative Therapies
Nobody is saying you should ignore the advice of your doctor. But there are all kinds of alternative therapies out there for chronic pain that people find helpful.
Some people buy CBD oil. Others go for acupuncture. The actual form it takes isn’t usually as important as doing it. Carrying out a ritual to fight your pain is important. And it’s even better if you can find something that offers genuine therapeutic benefit.
Just be aware that there are a lot of snake oil sales people out there.
Get An Electric Massage Machine
Going to the masseur every time you get a bout of pain is prohibitively expensive for the vast majority of people. But fortunately, you don’t actually need a human to tease out those painful knots in your back. You can now get relatively inexpensive massager machines that do the work for you.
These usually take the form of a belt with two rotating plastic “thumbs” underneath a breathable mesh. You just put your arms through the straps and the machine will hug tightly to your back, providing some much-needed relief.
Spend Time With People
Being alone and fighting chronic pain is a disaster for your wellbeing. There’s nothing between you, your pain and your thoughts. Data also suggest that people who spend more time alone are much more likely to develop pain conditions than those who regularly interact with others. So getting out as much as you can is essential. When you’re in a group of people, your nervous system relaxes and you feel better. Stress hormones diminish and that, in itself, can reduce the pain that your experience.
Over time combining these methods can help you achieve a high quality of life. Try them yourself starting today to feel the difference they make.