The following advice is for people that need to BREAK FREE DAILY from pain! Pain can cause major depression so getting free from it is extremely important. This list was compiled from my own efforts at being pain free during my most stressful and trying times. As always seek a medical professional before taking advice.
- Do not overextend yourself –Learn to say no when you know something is unreasonable for your schedule or situation; especially if you are like I was where you have good days and bad ones; that’s something you shouldn’t feel guilty about.
- Lie down and rest -I was the kind of person who felt guilty when I needed to lie down and rest. Since then I have learned that my body knows it’s limits and if I am doing everything else I know I am supposed to do to keep it healthy and it still needs rest, rest is what I give it. Whether it is eight in the morning or three in the afternoon, if I am in a position to rest for a few moments I don’t feel guilty at all.
- Take time to yourself – All of us need some alone time, time to do things we like or time to think. Our kids and families will still be there when we get back and everything will NOT fall apart if we take time out. Being at peace is very important so take time for solitude!
- Work out at the gym -I had to carefully plan my trips to the gym around eating but it’s worth it as it helps reduce inflammation, nerve pain, swelling, water weight, and even mental issues such as brain fog or depression, boosts your energy and speeds up your metabolism.
- Don’t make excuses -For a long time, I believed I could no longer work out. Every time I would go to the gym nausea would act up and fatigue would make me want to stop. My bones would ache, my joints were stiff, inflammation would wreak havoc on my knees and I would leave there almost in tears. Consistency is key. STRONG MUSCLES SUPPORT WEAK BONES!
- Endermologie -This is a massage-type therapy performed by most spas, helps with circulation, inflammation, pain and water weight. It costs between $30-$50 and is worth every penny!
- Ice Packs – After several wrecks caused by distracted drivers, about a dozen surgeries and then esophageal and gastric issues caused by a gastric tumor, I know pain all too well. Ice packs were my go-to for pain! They usually provide immediate relief and allows time for medication to kick in.
- Drinking water -Dehydration causes inflammation which leads to more pain! So drink mostly water throughout the day.
- Staying busy -I found the times when I had the most pain was when I was inactive because my mind would focus in on it. Get up and get moving! Walk the dog, drive the car, do anything besides nursing your pain. When the pain is too great to want to do anything else that’s when reading and writing really help. Also don’t feel bad when you feel so bad you have to lie down!
- Avoid prescriptions drugs that are not absolutely necessary -Did you know that many illegal drugs were once marketed as Prescription medication such as cocaine, heroin, chloroform, and morphine? How much more WRONG can a doctor be? These things sold as a way to MAKE PEOPLE FEEL BETTER. Many prescriptions are addictive because your body becomes dependent on it and eventually needs a higher dosage to be effective once your body creates a tolerance to it. They slowly increase your dose and sometimes have to give you a different medicine to be effective. This isn’t good for your body! The chemicals in this stuff can make your situation so much worse by causing many other side effects.
- NEVER allow yourself to think the worst -Our minds can play tricks on us especially when we are already depressed and when we allow ourselves to be negative we feel even worse. Depression alone can make you sick so thinking positive thoughts is very important not only for your mental health but also for your physical health. No matter how terrible a situation looks, fight it with all of the positive energy you can muster up. Keep yourself surrounded by good uplifting music, reading material, videos, posters, memes, quotes, apps, anything that will help you to think positive thoughts. I downloaded an app that would give me positive quotes every day. Anything to keep your mind from being negative.
- Eat low-carb meals and practice fasting- When your body is riddled with pain, fasting gives relief to inflammation and swelling issues which helps to relieve pain. Fasting in between meals helps your body to recognize true hunger and teaches it to stop craving sugar for energy.
Eating low-carb meals help to boost your natural energy processes. You can Google many low-carb recipes online and find endless articles on how to eat low-carb or start the keto diet. I lost 48 pounds on the keto diet and highly recommend it but be cautious with the bacon, cheese, heavy whipping creams, and other foods high in saturated fats as it can cause high cholesterol which can cause strokes or heart attacks.
- Download the *Carb Manager App (highly recommend!)– It really helped me to see what I was actually taking in every day when I had to enter it into an app. I was eating small meals but filled with carbs! I was also drinking a lot of my carbs in juices (not healthy like you think) and other sugar-filled drinks, and that’s easy to remedy just simply by drinking more water 🙂 It’s an eye-opener. Start by cutting your meals down to smaller portions so eat less, but more often. Eat good fats, not saturated fats. Anything with sugar is your enemy unless eaten in very small portions. If you have a craving, take a couple of bites of cake, not the whole piece. BABY STEPS TO SUCCESS! Low-carb diets have benefits that go way beyond just weight loss as they help with pain and inflammation. Many people have had miraculous recoveries just by sticking to the keto diet which tells me that our food and nutrition has way more of an effect on our health than what we realize.
- Pray- I don’t care if you are religious or not, go to church or don’t, or never prayed before in your life. I don’t even care what you believe or if you’ve never read a bible. You don’t have to be religious or be perfect. You don’t even have to know how. You may have never even thought about God. I still say, pray. Praying WILL help you physically and mentally!
- Always consult your physician first to make sure my advice is acceptable to your health. Accept about the praying part, I don’t really care if he agrees with that or not. 😉
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