According to extensive research, statistics show that there are 18.9% adults over the age of 18 who live with chronic pain. Moreover, the prevalence of chronic pain is higher in older adults, especially females as compared to males.
Did you know that half of the population that lives with chronic pain have been doing so for over a decade of their lives? Approximately one-third report very severe intensity of pain on the range whereas others report varying levels of pain. The most common type of chronic pain reported is pain in the lower back with arthritis being the most probably cause.
The more alarming statistics report that half the people who avail care at pain clinics in Canada experience moderate to severe depression. This leads to at least 35% of them contemplating suicide and 72% unhappy with chronic pain becoming a deterrent in their normal work.
Chronic pain can be debilitating and take a toll on your mental health. Seeking proper holistic treatment is necessary so that you attain mental peace as well.
Here are some ways to practice self-care when living with chronic pain to alleviate the impact on your mental well-being.
Being proactive about your overall health and making regular check-ins about your mental health is part and parcel of practicing self-care. You might be vigilant about seeking treatment but to what extent are you making sure you’re improving your quality of life?
Functionality is top priority for those who experience chronic pain, because sometimes it can be difficult to perform basic tasks and that can be frustrating. It’s important to be vigilant about the choices you make every day because this makes your self-care journey more seamless.
Weave these practices into your everyday life to take practice self-care.
Learn meditation and deep breathing
Some techniques like breathing deeply and meditation can help relax your body especially when you practice them regularly. They also help relieve tension in your muscles and soothe you.
Deep breathing is an underrated technique that makes sure you focus on positive thoughts and block negative thoughts and distractions. You can do this early in the morning or whenever it’s convenient for you. Think of this as treating yourself to personal time to unwind.
Higher levels of stress contribute to depression and anxiety which make your body more susceptible to pain. Managing your stress more efficiently can be effective in providing relief from pain.
Whether it’s a hectic day at work or your chronic pain itself spiking your stress levels, remind yourself to detach and do something just for yourself. This can be any activity that helps you feel lighter and releases endorphins in your body such as exercise.
Look for support groups in your area
You can reach out to a loved one to unwind or better yet, join a support group where others experiencing the same thing as you will help you feel heard.
Sometimes it can boost your morale when people validate your feelings and the pain you experience.
There’s no shame in asking for help, in fact, it can actually be quite empowering to reduce the burden of responsibility of bearing your pain alone.
Limit alcohol consumption
Alcohol can lower your pain tolerance as well as cause irregular sleep patterns. Not getting enough sleep can worsen your pain levels. Be more mindful of your dietary intake and try to cut out foods that aggravate your situation especially alcohol.
Divergent Health Care in Calgary offers a multitude of services to provide pain relief including but not limited to physical therapy, prolotherapy, and chiropractic care. To schedule a consultation, give them a call at 403-909-8111 today!