If you’re one of the millions of people who suffer daily with chronic pain, chances are the past year has been challenging for you. Pain conditions can be debilitating, and can affect all aspects of your life, including work, social life, financial situation and the ability to handle simple, everyday responsibilities.
If the past year has been difficult for you because of chronic pain, know this: your next year does NOT have to be like this. You don’t have to suffer needlessly, nor miss out on doing the things you truly enjoy every day.
Make it your new year resolution to enjoy a better lifestyle with less pain. Here are a few tips to help you get started with your pain-free plan for the coming year:
- If you haven’t already, make it a priority to consult with a pain management physician. Your pain doctor will be able to determine the origin of your pain and recommend treatments to reduce or eliminate your discomfort.
With today’s state-of-the-art technology, there are more options than ever before for relieving your pain.
- While it’s often good to say “yes” to new things, sometimes it’s better to learn to say “no.” You may want to be accommodating to friends, family and work associates, but stress and over-exertion can exacerbate your pain symptoms. Let go of any guilt and give yourself permission to put yourself ahead of others once in a while.
The more you take care of you, the better you will be for everyone else in your life.
- Take a load off — this doesn’t mean decreasing physical activity, which can actually help diminish your pain symptoms.
Rather, take a good look at your to-do list; determine which list items cause you the most discomfort versus how important those items really are. Chances are, there are things you can choose to eliminate in the new year that will not only help minimize your pain symptoms, but also take some of the pressure off your routine.
- You’ve likely heard it before… eating a healthy, nutrition-filled diet will always help your body to better cope with pain. Of course, it’s not always easy with today’s busy lifestyle, but the importance of a good diet cannot be overstated.
You may think you “don’t have time” to map out proper meals; it can be challenging to make time in your schedule, and even harder to stick with your plan sometimes. But consider this: The healthier you eat, the better you’ll feel, plain and simple. And as a result, you’ll have the energy and physical ability to do more of the things you really love… it’s a worthwhile investment!
There are many ways you can contribute to a more pain-free new year, but these tips can help to get you off to a good start. Just remember to take care of you, and try to maintain a positive outlook, (which also helps your body cope with pain.)
Let Us Help You Plan Your More Pain-Free New Year
At Florida Pain Relief Centers, we are committed to helping our patients live a more pain-free quality of life, so that you can find enjoyment and comfort for many years to come.
Our highly skilled physicians are dedicated to relieving your suffering and ensuring your comfort with compassionate, individualized care and state-of-the-art technologies for pain relief.
If you’re suffering with chronic pain and want more information about options available for relief, contact Florida Pain Relief Centers today at 800.215.0029, or click the button below to set up a consultation at one of our clinics online.