Posted by: painreliefcoach | January 29, 2008

Hope For Chronic Pain Sufferers

As we begin the New Year, those of us who suffer with chronic pain want hope that this year will be better.  We want less pain, improved quality of life and the ability to live as “normal” a life as possible.  Those of you who care for us, as both professionals and loved ones want that for us too.  We all want it now.  I understand; I am the same.  So how do we keep that hope and motivation but accept our current reality?  If we don’t accept the way things are, we are fighting against ourselves.  Whatever you truly accept you can begin to change.  For this New Year:

  1. Treat yourself well every day.  It is your job whether you have chronic pain, are a professional or a loved one/caregiver to make each day sparkle for yourself.  There will be good days and bad days; the trick is to find some joy in all of them.  Treat yourself to one thing every day, big or small because you deserve it.
  2.  Slow down and pace yourself.  Remember it’s more about direction than speed. Really enjoy the moment, whether it’s from a bed, wheelchair or standing.  Feel the sun, appreciate nature, hear children’s laughter.  It’s all there and it only takes a few minutes to soak it in.     
  3. Be an advocate for yourself and for those less fortunate.  No matter what your circumstances there is always someone who needs your voice.  Speak your truth.  Don’t hold back.  Do what you can and you will become more and more empowered.  Join with others (i.e. Missouri Pain Initiative or your related health condition) and you will become focused and more energized knowing there are others with your concerns and passion.
  4. Most of all be gentle with you.  Whatever your circumstances.  You are doing the best you can.  You are growing.  Talk softly and kindly to yourself and others.  Pat yourself on the back every day for everything accomplished big and small (sometimes making it through the day is it).  Love and honor yourself and 2007 will be a good year.

May you have a New Year’s filled with faith, hope, love and perseverance.

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