Ways to cope for more comfort
When you’re living with pain every day, coping strategies are important. They are not the same as treatment, but small changes can help reduce stress so you can live better on a daily basis.
Coping skills and strategies can be very personal. Strategies that work for one person may not work for another person. Be open to trying different approaches in order to find the ones that work the best for you.
Each condition has its own kind of pain
PainScale.com offers a wealth of information on different kinds of pain organized by condition. The site also has detailed articles on living with pain, varieties of treatments, wellness, and the role of opioids.
Pain can affect all parts of life. It gets in the way of everything from showering, dressing and other personal hygiene issues, preparing meals, and mobility.
Find strategies to make daily activities easier and save energy, such as pacing yourself, planning, and prioritizing. Tools such as shoe horns, jar openers, and mobility devices can help. So can breaking activities down into smaller, more manageable tasks.
Develop your support network
Seek out the kinds of support that benefit you most.
- Online support groups can be an excellent source of emotional support and are accessible at any time of the day or night
- In-person support groups may be more physically difficult, but connecting with people face to face provides social opportunities and reduces isolation
- Include family and friends in your support network. They can provide help with physical activities, attend doctor appointments, and provide a sympathetic ear
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