How to Be Happy While Dealing with Chronic Pain

The Benefits of Happiness in the Midst of Long Term Pain

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Chronic pain can take a heavy toll on your lifestyle. Managing chronic pain comes hand in hand with frequent doctor’s visits, medication regimens, and attending your physical therapy sessions while juggling your normal life. You will likely be affected both physically and mentally. You may not be able to enjoy many activities you once did because your range of motion is limited and movement aggravates your pain.

As a result you may be stressed by all these complications.

Here are a few tips you should keep in mind.

  1. Let go of your previous lifestyle. If you keep trying to retrieve your fading lifestyle, prior to your chronic pain, you will only feel frustrated and helpless. Your chronic pain, in return, will seem more unmanageable and more challenging. Use this as an opportunity to start anew. Rather than completely discarding your previous ways of life, incorporate certain aspects of it in order to complement your chronic pain. This can only be attained by trial and error. Figure out what is comfortable for you and go from there. By doing so, you have already taken the first step to working your chronic pain issues.
  2. Let go of your guilt. It is completely common to have feelings of guilt when adjusting to chronic pain. This is especially the case when you were (for example) a caretaker of your household. You may feel guilty that you may not be able to take care of your loved ones the way you once used to. Accept yourself and try to make amendments to your life in order to regain your functionality.
  1. Acknowledge your emotions. By pushing your thoughts and feelings to the back of your head, you are only delaying what could only be an emotional meltdown. Stress and anxiety are all natural when adjusting to changes in your life, especially when such changes involve pain. Find a stress or emotional outlet for you. Some great options include yoga and meditation. Yoga not only helps you connect your mind and body, it also helps you improve your range of motion and flexibility with the amount of stretching it involves. Yoga and meditation involve deep breathing, which is a superb way to get rid of anxiety and anger, all while increasing the oxygen in your system. This will allow for more mental clarity.
  1. Do not isolate yourself. It is not uncommon for you to feel lonely. It could be because you feel like you can no longer relate to others. Though your family and friends may try to reach out to you and comfort you, it’s often tough to relay what is really going through your mind. The best way for you to manage such feelings is by conversing with someone. A good option is a therapist who will let you gain control of your social and personal life. An even better option is joining a chronic pain support group. By doing so, you can share stories with people in similar circumstances as you. You now have the opportunity to make friends who are more relatable. Positive stories can also help motivate you to fight your chronic pain.
  2. Talk to your doctor. Even as a patient, you’re never actually bound to a treatment. If you feel as though something is not as effective for you, let your doctor know. The most effective treatment option is often a combination of multiple ones. Also, talk to your doctor about far-reaching lifestyle changes you implement to ensure they are the best for you. Having an open communiqué with your health care professional will help avoid any misunderstandings or mistakes. This is also essential in faring successfully with your chronic pain using the most efficient and salubrious means possible.

     Overall, the most effective way to manage your chronic is by leading a healthy and happy lifestyle.

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