New year, best you

New year, best you

With the new year right around the corner, it’s the time when resolutions are made. New Year’s resolutions come in all shapes and sizes, but for chronic pain sufferers, there are a few resolutions that could help you reduce your pain. Focusing on yourself and your overall health, including your emotional and mental health, is important to reducing your pain symptoms.

Here is a list of a few resolutions that could help reduce pain and increase your wellness:

 

  • Be more mindful. Being present and mindful can help in all aspects of your health—physical, emotional and mental. Take time out of your day for breathing exercises or meditation. This will help you not only be more mindful, but can reduce stress, which can help you reduce pain symptoms.
  • Exercise more. Whether you want to incorporate walking, jogging, yoga or stretching into your lifestyle, adding time during your week dedicated to physical activity is essential to your wellness.
  • Eat healthier. Many people make resolutions to diet or lose weight, but that doesn’t have to be the main goal of a food-based resolution. Just incorporating more fruits, vegetables, vitamins and minerals in your diet to increase your overall wellness is a great step to managing your health and decreasing your pain symptoms.
  • Be less stressed. Experiencing high stress levels can increase your chronic pain symptoms. Taking a few moments for exercise, breathing, hobbies and more can help you reduce the stress in your life that may be increasing your pain.
  • Get better sleep. Getting enough sleep is necessary for your body to function properly, and it can be especially important for chronic pain sufferers. Sleeping the required time for your body means that you are energized for your day and can accomplish your goals.

 

If you want help making great goals for 2019, check out our last post on effective goal setting.