Everyone from time to time needs ways to cope with pain. Here are a few tips I use to help me deal the pain.
Meditation can lower your blood pressure, enhance your immune system, relax muscles and help you deal with stress. And lets face it pain is stressful.
Start with just 5 to 10 minutes a day and gradually work up to 20 to 30 minutes a day. You will be surprised what a difference it will make in how you feel.
Find a quiet place where there are not likely to be any interruptions. I try to get in some time before the kids wake up.
Sit in a comfortable position. Close your eyes. Focus on your breath; the coolness as you breathe in and the warm exhale. Try to keep the inhalation and exhalation the same length. Start with your feet and focus on the sensation of relaxation. Now move up to your legs, stomach, arms, and shoulders,. With each exhale feel the tension leave your body. Now relax the corners of your mouth, the outer corners of your eyes relax outward. Stay like this focusing on the inhalation and exhalation, try to empty your mind.
It takes practice to be able to shut out the world for a little while, but it is well worth the effort.
Sit down and enjoy a nice warm cup of tea. Take a long soothing soak in the tub. (provided getting in and out is not an issue) Try a nice paraffin wax for your hands. The warmth feels wonderful and your hands end up so soft and smooth when you are done. Schedule a spa day with your best friend. Indulge in an afternoon nap. Do something that makes you feel good.
Move your Body
Exercise is a must to help with pain reduction. Find an exercise that you enjoy and you are more likely to stick with it. Start with something that you can do now. Begin with some stretches and add a few isometrics to gain some strength gradually increasing the time and level of activity. Be careful to listen to what your body is telling you. Do not continue if you are experiencing pain. Remember that consistency is the key.
We’ve all heard that laughter is the best medicine. Well it turns out that laughter is exactly what we need when dealing with pain. Laughter causes the pituitary gland in the brain to release pain suppressing compounds. So watch a funny movie or tell a good joke !
Listen to your favorite music
Studies have shown a significant reduction in pain and depression for patients with arthritis who listen to music. So crank up the tunes and enjoy!