It is not uncommon for chronic pain patients to feel helpless, depressed and upset about their conditions. Living with constant pain is a very stressful and oftentimes overwhelming task that can leave patients feeling drained and hopeless. However, chronic pain management specialist Dr. Yusuf Mosuro shares that maintaining a positive outlook can go leaps and bounds in improving a patient’s overall quality of life.
1. Do something you love.
Oftentimes, patients will give up on doing the things that they once loved because they are in so much pain. However, they should really try to bring back those activities into their lives. Even if it might hurt at first, fishing, knitting, and other past times can bring enjoyment back into patients’ lives and get their mind off of their pain even for a little while.
Centering yourself mentally is a great way to deal with chronic pain. By regularly practicing meditation, you can learn to slow down your body’s natural responses of quickened breathing and heart rate when you do experience a spike of pain.
3. Set goals.
Chronic pain patients should look at the beginning of each week as a new start. They should set goals for themselves and strive to have a positive seven days!
4. Spend time with your pet.
Time and time again, our furry friends have proven to be therapeutic for a variety of different conditions, chronic pain included. May scientists believe that pets can actually increase a person’s length of life because they offer unconditional love and reduce both stress and anxiety.