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How to Live with Pain

Pain can be a very disruptive force in anyone’s life. Chronic pain can be particularly debilitating as it not only causes physical discomfort, but also can lead to such mental health conditions as depression. The following suggestions can help you to deal with moderate chronic pain, but should not be used solely in place of advice from your physician.

Meditation

Learning how to meditate is a valuable skill because it trains your mind to be more focused. This makes it easier to put less emphasis on the pain and discomfort you are feeling. The pain will then seem more manageable and less debilitating.

Meditation can also help you to relax. Stress is not good for your body and it can also increase pain levels.

Exercise

Exercise is very good for us in many ways and can also help to decrease pain naturally. Moving around helps to keep you limber and fit, while also keeping your muscles stretched and mobile. The endorphins you generate while exercising can make you feel quite good and that will also help to counteract feelings of pain.

Eliminate Smoking and Tobacco

Both cigarettes and alcohol might seem like fast acting remedies for pain, but are actually just adding to the problem. Alcohol reduces your ability to enjoy quality sleep, while cigarettes negatively impact the circulation system. Both of these can lead to heightened pain levels.

Support Groups

Spending time with someone who is undergoing the same problems as you can be an excellent way to feel better and more hopeful about your own situation. An empathetic response from someone who truly understands carries more weight than words from someone who has not experienced the same hardships. People in support groups can also share advice on what does and does not work for them, which can be very valuable.