Don’t fear, because I am with you; don’t be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will surely help you; I will hold you with my righteous strong hand. ~ Isaiah 41:10 (CEB)
Happy Thriving Thursday! I hope this Thursday find you in less pain and doing better than you were the week before.
For this week’s tip, I want to talk about carrying things using larger joints rather than smaller joints. When smaller joints like your hands are hurting, it sometimes it’s easier and less painful to use your larger joints.
I know today’s post is going to seem a little old and outdated because it contains some old fashioned advice, but when it comes down to it when you live with chronic pain, you need vitamin D and the best way to get vitamin D is from the Sun. [Read more…]
Today’s exercise is one that my chiropractor taught me and that I use almost evry single day. It is great for loosening up tight shoulders and relaxing my upper back. He referred to it as “swinging from the doorways” with his strange but amusing sense of humor. Lol. I hope you can find some pain relief from this stretch today… [Read more…]
Energy conservation. When living with chronic pain and exhaustion, conserving your energy can make a big difference in your sense of accomplishment each day. When you aren’t feeling well and are resting, it is very easy for a day or even multiple days to go by and you feel like you’ve gotten nothing done around the house. For me, this feeling of worthlessness just added to my stress, which in turn increased my suffering and caused flare-ups. It was an endless cycle. ; (
When my children were infants, I remember the wise advice from some veteran moms saying “Rest when the baby rests.” Thinking back on that time when they were so little and so needy, that was THE best new mom advice I ever got.
So, here is my “veteran” advice to you: When living with chronic pain, rest when YOUR BODY tells you to rest.
I know it is not always a good time when you feel the need to rest and if you can’t rest right when you need it the most, rest as soon as possible afterwards. Our bodies need to rest, that is why we are supposed to sleep every night for 8ish hours – our bodies are not deigned to keep going like robots on no sleep. Sleep is restorative and healing and we need to do it when our bodies say “enough”.
I am not advocating napping for everyone every day because naps can disturb your ability to sleep at night. HOWEVER, if you are not sleeping at night – which is common for those in chronic pain, a nap may be just what you need to recoup and restore your energy so you can make it through the day.
Even if you don’t want to nap, take some time to lay down and rest your muscles and joints when you are feeling the strain on your body. Every little bit of rest can help you with your energy management so you can make it through your day.
Be well my friends and may your day be a little less filled with pain!
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