More than 1 billion people have chronic pain worldwide. For some, the pain just makes things a little harder. For others, it’s downright debilitating. But chronic pain doesn’t have to rule your life. Here are five ways you can feel fabulous despite having chronic pain!
5 Ways to Feel Fabulous Despite Chronic Pain
1. Meditate to Kick Stress to the Curb
On top of its other adverse effects, stress can make your chronic pain even worse. Meditation can help keep stress at bay and may even help with your pain.
In fact, one study found that mindfulness meditation may be more effective than standard treatments at reducing chronic pain. Another study found similar results, and most participants were able to find better ways to cope with their pain.
Of course, meditation has already been shown to help reduce stress. Staying focused on your breath and sitting quietly can disrupt your negative thought loop and relax your body. Relaxing your body helps reduce muscle tension that may contribute to chronic pain, but it also helps lower stress.
2. Use Positive Affirmations to Change Your Mindset
Chronic pain is more than just a physical ailment. It can take a toll on your mental and emotional health, too. For example, when you’re feeling anxious or depressed, it can worsen the pain.
Anxiety and depression are complicated, but using positive affirmations can help shift your mindset to a more positive one. Positivity isn’t the cure for either of these issues, but it can improve your mental health and may even help with your pain.
Negative self-talk can be detrimental to your mental health, but it can also leave you stuck in a thought loop that fuels your pain. Positive affirmations help reprogram your mind and look at your pain in a different light.
Here are some examples of positive affirmations for chronic pain:
- I accept and am at peace with my pain
- I welcome my pain and understand it is part of the healing process
- My pain does not define who I am
- I know this pain will not last
- I am happy, healthy, and loved
- I love my body
- Pain is only temporary
Sometimes, chronic pain persists because we don’t allow ourselves to feel it, accept it and understand that it’s part of the healing process. It’s natural to want to run away from and try to stop that uncomfortable feeling (no one wants to be in pain!), but as hard as it may be, embracing it may give your body a chance to heal. Positive affirmations can help you do that.
Of course, every person and case of chronic pain is different. Even if you cannot face your pain because it is too great, positive affirmations can at least help you adopt a more positive mindset while weathering the storm.
3. Take Up a New Hobby
Chronic pain can be all-consuming. When it’s at its worst, it’s hard not to think about anything else. Finding ways to distract yourself from the pain can help it from paralyzing your day.
One way to distract yourself is to take up a new hobby. When you’re actively engaged in something, you won’t be focused on the pain and discomfort. Consider your passions and interests. Is there something you’ve always wanted to try or learn?
Try finding something that helps you connect with friends, family, or others in the community. Those connections can help you feel more safe and secure, which can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression.
4. Try Natural Pain Remedies
There are many natural pain remedies that can be used alongside conventional treatments to help make your pain more manageable, like:
For centuries, willow bark has been used to help with inflammation and pain. But, it’s more than just an old wives tale. One systemic review found that willow bark extract was moderately effective at reducing lower back pain.
Traditionally, people chewed the bark, which contains salicin. Salicin is similar to the ingredient used in modern-day aspirin to help with the pain.
Today, you can buy willow bark tea, capsules, and tinctures to help manage your pain in a more natural way.
Willow bark can cause some side effects – mostly stomach upset and prolonged bleeding – so keep this in mind.
Turmeric contains curcumin, which is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Although known for its culinary uses, people have been taking turmeric for centuries as a way to deal with pain, digestive issues, and other ailments. One systemic review found that curcumin can be an effective addition to pain treatment plans.
While you can add turmeric to your meals to help combat pain, it’s often more effective to take supplements or use pain creams that contain greater doses of curcumin.
Like turmeric, ginger is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, which can help with the pain. In fact, one review found that ginger contains compounds that have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can reduce pain. Another study found that ginger can help with muscle pain.
Try adding ginger to your diet or using supplements and pain creams containing ginger to help combat your pain.
5. Use Crystals for Energy Healing
Healing crystals can help through energy healing, aligning your chakras, and eliminating energy blocks that may be contributing to your pain.
- Amethyst is great for reducing stress, tension, and headaches that may contribute to your pain.
- Clear quartz can help ease chronic issues and amplify energies.
- Lapis lazuli is excellent for soothing aches and pains.
- Selenite can help support your spine and bones.
- Amber may help fight inflammation.
- Kyanite is loved for its healing light.
Try incorporating these crystals into your meditation practice to amplify their energies. You can also wear these stones or place them under your pillow at night to encourage healing.
It’s not easy to feel fabulous despite chronic pain, but these five tips can help. Using natural remedies, encouraging your body to heal, and changing your mindset can make a world of difference in how you manage your pain.
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