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Physical and Mental Methods to Dealing With Chronic Pain

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Learning to reduce stress in life is not just about the mental component, but it’s also about the physical nature of stress. Everybody experiences physical stresses and strains differently. Some people feel a lot of chronic pain, and this could be brought about by stress or it could be an ongoing health problem, such as fibromyalgia. But dealing with physical pain can encompass a number of methods, physical and mental. Let’s show you some approaches. 

An Anti-Inflammatory Diet

There’s a lot of approaches that can involve supplements. CBD has been a very popular approach, as websites like talk about the benefits of using it for chronic pain but it’s important to remember the supplementation needs to be part of an overall action plan. Having an anti-inflammatory diet with sufficient omega-3 could make a big difference, while also cutting back on alcohol and tobacco can reduce circulation problems. 

Reducing Stress in Your Life

Any negative feelings like anxiety and stress can increase our body sensitivity to pain. It’s important to use a number of techniques that can help us deal with pain including guided meditations and deep breathing. Deep breathing is a very useful relaxation technique, but it can be used in conjunction with meditation to help your body relax. This could be very useful in terms of releasing the tension which could exacerbate pain.

Tracking Your Pain Levels

If you are visiting a doctor on a regular basis, they will want to know the intensity of your pain. A very useful tactic is to keep a log of your pain score. At the end of every day note your level of pain on a scale of 1 to 10 while recording what activities you did that day. It will help your doctor to understand how you are functioning physically, but it also allows you to recognize certain habits that could make your pain worse. 

Use the Power of Endorphins

Endorphins are chemicals in the brain that can help to improve your mood, but they also can help you block pain signals. You can do this by exercising, but a lot of people have taken to cold water swimming. This has gained a lot of popularity in recent years because people have found that they feel fresher as a result of swimming in cold water, but many people with chronic pain conditions have anecdotally said that they are feeling less pain, which is very likely due to the endorphin rush. You can see the benefits of cold water swimming on and judge for yourself. 

Join a Support Group

You may feel like you are on your own. But if you start to interact with people who understand what you are going through, you will not feel as isolated, but you will also benefit from their tactics for dealing with the pain. Dealing with physical pain can be so much worse when you focus on it. Having a combination of methods doesn’t just help you to lessen the symptoms, but it will distract you so you can enjoy life more.

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  1. I really needed to see this. I struggle with a number of chronic joint pain issues, and sometimes it feels like you’ve tried everything! But you have some great new ideas on here for me to try. I had never considered the role of endorphins, but it makes sense. Exercise has often been helpful for me, even when I expect it to flare up the pain it can sometimes ease it. Great stuff, thank you for sharing!

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