MY LIFE: Things I do to manage everyday pain
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Chronic illness warriors face pain all day, every day. Because of this, we need to have a lot of tools at our disposal. Here are a few I keep on the front burner:
- These aren’t physical items, but they do serve as wonderful distractions. I have subscriptions to Hulu, Amazon TV, Netflix, Pandora, and a couple of other entertainment venues.
- Leggings and t-shirts – long-sleeved and short, depending on the weather. They’re almost the only things I ever wear. The leggings I prefer are LuLaRoe, but they do get quite warm in the summer, which is when I switch to capri leggings and pants. I find shorts uncomfortable, personally.
- Find somewhere or someone to vent. We all need it, and there must be a safe place to do it.
- I have bath products. Lots and lots of bath products. That’s because I like baths. They make me feel better. My favorites are baking soda and epsom salts like Dr. Teals. There are other formulations than yours.
- The ability to say no without letting it overwhelm you with guilt. It’s a valuable skill and one that will keep you sane.
- Coloring books. I have nearly 20. I also have colored pencils (in a variety of colors and types, like my favorites – metallics!), gel pens, and markers. When I need a quiet distraction, I color. Sometimes they come out well, sometimes they don’t. And it doesn’t matter which happens.
- Me and my massage therapist have been together for seven years. I see her more often than I see most of my friends and even some of my family. I try my absolute best to keep appointments, because she helps me so much. She’s a huge part of my pain management plan.
What things do you rely on for everyday pain management? Tell me in the comments!