Are you struggling with chronic pain? If so, then there’s no need to feel helpless. You have many options for minimizing the pain’s effects while empowering yourself to live a healthier, more fulfilling life. In this post, we’ll share some steps you can take right now to gain control of your diagnosis. You’ll see how making some small life changes can have big effects on your well-being.
Dealing With the News
Getting bad news is always upsetting, doubly so when it involves a health condition. You may find yourself tempted to take actions that promise short-term relief but at a long-term cost. So let’s look at a few things you should avoid doing:
● Playing the blame game. It’s human nature to seek a scapegoat when hearing bad news, even if the person who must bear your wrath is yourself. Now is not the time to review every health or lifestyle choice you have ever made. Instead, look to the future by using effective self-care strategies starting today.
● Making hasty decisions. Stress or sudden shock can drive us to make choices we later regret, according to Psychology Today. If you feel that you must commit to a course of action right after receiving your diagnosis, then give yourself 24-48 hours to mull it over. This simple step can help prevent life-altering mistakes when you’re feeling vulnerable.
● Taking bad advice. The internet is a treasure trove of information, but much of it is less than trustworthy. So, if you’re researching your condition, you should stick with mainstream medical articles or journals. Stay away from message boards or any other sites where it’s impossible to verify posters’ identities or evaluate their statements.
What You Should Do
Now that we’ve looked at what to avoid doing, let’s consider some actions you should take at this time:
● Slow down. Give your mind time to adapt to the news. Limit your personal contacts to your healthcare provider and a few trusted friends or family members, at least for a day or two. Steer clear of anyone who tries pressuring you into hasty action.
● Learn more about your condition using reliable sources recommended by your medical professional. This will help you to feel empowered and also help you to make smart decisions about your care options.
● Look into methods for managing chronic pain, including relaxation techniques such as meditation, exercise, and therapeutic massage.
Create a Calm Space
Your home environment can play a positive role in helping you manage your symptoms. But rearranging your entire home may seem overwhelming at this moment. So start by carving out a “calm space,” an area you can go to whenever you feel stressed out. Decorate it with peaceful images, objects of personal or spiritual significance, soothing touches like a tabletop fountain,
and a comfy chair or sofa. Add a cup of cocoa or tea, a good book, and some relaxing music, and you have a shelter in the midst of the storm. Later on, you might want to organize your closets and shelves, do some general decluttering, and repaint your home’s interior with soothing colors.
Living with chronic pain is difficult by anyone’s standards. But you can rise to the challenge by nurturing peace, insight, and emotional strength within yourself. Use the ideas in this post to pave the way to a brighter, better future in which you, not chronic pain, choose your destiny.
Best wishes as you go forward with your life.