Living with chronic pain isn’t easy; but you can definitely manage it better with the proper lifestyle and a few good habits.
Chronic pain is the kind of pain that is ongoing for a long time, and has a negative effect on you physically as well as emotionally. Medically, chronic pain is defined as any pain that lasts more than 12 weeks. Chronic pain can arise from a number of causes, including certain medical conditions and some previous injury or trauma. This can be quite a difficult condition to live with, as even mild pain that is consistent and long lasting can hamper the everyday functioning of a person, affecting one psychologically as well.
If you are suffering from chronic pain, we know that it is not an easy thing to cope with it while also carrying out all daily responsibilities and normal tasks. Proper treatment, medication, and help from professionals are essential; but there are also some simple things that can help you deal with the condition. Here are some easy-to-do tips that you can make a habit of doing on a daily basis to control your pain and deal with it in an effective manner.
Learn meditation or deep breathing: It is essential to have a calm mind to deal better with chronic pain, and practicing meditation and deep breathing techniques can help you do that. These techniques also help the muscles of your body to relax by letting go of tightness, which can bring you relief from the constant pain. There are many ways to meditate that you can choose from, but the ways in which repetition is used to soothe the mind can be quite helpful. Ignoring other thoughts and focusing on your breath while repeating a certain word or phrase (like a chant) can help you remove negative thoughts and bring in positivity to your mind. Deep breathing also has similar effects; just find a comfortable and quiet corner to practice it. You can meditate or practice deep breathing on your own; however, it would be more beneficial to take a class to learn the techniques properly.
Reduce your stress: Any kind of stress can intensify your chronic pain, and so it is best avoided or at least reduced. Learning to control negative feelings such as anxiety, anger, and depression can help you deal with pain better by adopting a calm approach. Learning yoga is one of the best ways to reduce stress and thus handle your chronic pain in a holistic and effective manner. Stress makes your muscles spasm, and yoga helps relax your body as well as your mind to control stress. This ancient practice can help you target the specific area of your chronic pain and relieve you from the pain with the right asanas. If you feel yoga is not for you, you can try any activity that makes you happy and decreases your stress levels.
Control your diet: Knowing which foods to eat and which to avoid is another easy and simple way of managing chronic pain, so talk to your doctor and read up about dietary changes that you can make. Avoid processed food and instead go for an easy-to-digest diet that will reduce your pain and inflammation. Some of the foods to include in your diet are green and leafy vegetables, foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, soy products, asparagus, and low-sugar fruits like cranberries, pineapple, and plum.
There are also several foods containing chemicals that trigger pain, and so it would help to stay away from such foods. To keep your chronic pain under control, avoid chocolate, dairy products, citrus fruits, nightshade vegetables like eggplant and tomato, wheat products, tea, coffee, and soda.
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