Manage your Chronic Pain with our Pain and Spine Specialists in Connecticut
When trying to cope with chronic pain, it is important to realize that you are not alone. According to a 2011 report from the Institute of Medicine, there are more than 100 million adults across the United States who are suffering from chronic pain.
Recommendations For Coping With Your Chronic Pain:
Try To Stay Positive:
Though it may be hard to think and act in a positive way when you are feeling anything but positive, multiple studies have shown that something as simple as smiling can actually make you feel happier. Though it may seem a little backwards to smile first and feel happy later, research is showing that this is a great way to feel better fast. As with smiling, the same goes for positive thinking in that making an effort to think happy thoughts will make you feel happier.
Be As Active As You Can:
Many people believe that in order to truly experience the benefits of exercise, you need to work out to the extreme, this is not the case. Staying active to the extent that you are able will enhance your emotional and physical state in a positive way. Engage in an activity that makes you feel good, whether it is walking, jogging, biking or anything else you find rewarding. Yoga and meditation are also great activities that help to center yourself and restore balance and synchronicity to your body and mind.
Manage Your Stress:
Managing the stresses of everyday life can be challenging, though it is extremely important to do so when coping with chronic pain. When you are stressed, even the littlest of tasks or the most minimal of activities can seem impossible. There are also many chronic conditions that are greatly exacerbated by stress, so it can actually make you physically feel worse. It is crucial to try your best to find a healthy way to handle stressful situations. Making time for your hobbies and the things you love to do is not only imperative to leading a balanced life, but it can give you something to look forward to in stressful situations and help to alleviate some of the overwhelming feelings you may be experiencing.
Get Support from Family, Friends and Professionals:
Having a positive and encouraging support system is very important when coping with chronic pain. Try to surround yourself with people who care about you and have your best interest at heart. Even if you are not comfortable talking to anyone about your condition, just having people around you that want what’s best for you can be invaluable. It is also important to try and recognize when you may be able to benefit from professional guidance. Speaking with a therapist or psychologist about what you are experiencing may help you to lighten your load and to gain a new perspective on what you are going through.
Pain and Spine Speciatists of Connecticut offers 5 convenient locations across our state: Danbury CT, Trumbull CT, Farmington CT, Middlebury CT and New Milford CT.
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Page Updated Last on: Aug 07, 2014