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5 Ways to Get Rid of Some Chronic Pain Today

Jun 4, 2008
If your chronic illness and the pain that accompanies it has got you feeling blue, that's understandable, but not a place you have to stay. Below are a few suggestions that can help you make fast changes in just a few days to facilitate you to form clear positive thoughts to help relieve pain.

1) Before you head home from the doctor's office appointment, make a detour and stop at the pet store for a few minutes. Watching the puppies, kittens and even hamsters spinning on their wheels for just twenty minute will give you a fresh outlook on the day. Studies have given us lots of reasons to spend time with pets; they help our overall well-being, decreasing our stress level, improving our quality of health, and even facilitating our healing of surgeries more rapidly. Success has brought about a lot of pet therapy for handicapped people and the elderly and pet owners with chronic and terminal illness become individuals when there is a Fido in the house.

2) Start pulling together a list of your favorite songs. The new ipod shuffle has recently dropped in price to just $50 and it holds 250 songs. This little gadget is the size of a cracker and yet it can change your whole energy level. Studies have revealed that listening to music for even twenty minutes a day can decrease one's pain level. Researchers have also discover there are beneficial effects of music listening on healing in children. You can find lots of free Christian healing music downloads online too. Collect the songs that give you inspiration, energy, hope, childhood memories, and even a desire to stand up and dance, even if it's just to mop the floor.

3) Tell your kids to move on over, you want to play video games with them. Video games are no longer just for entertainment purposes. Wheeling Jesuit University had a study that found video games can distract someone from their pain drastically enough to give them an authentic reprieve from their chronic pain. The organization Games for Health recently was developed to network researchers, medical professionals, and game developers so they can share information. There is a lot of talk about impact games and game technologies are having and will have on health care and health care policy. Don't be surprised if following a surgery your occupational therapist pulls out a Wii and tell you to bowl for fifteen minutes.

4) Buy a coloring book and splurge on a big box of crayons. If you don't have children, odds are it's been years since you have felt the thrill of a freshly sharpened crayon in your hand. And you are no longer limited to coloring books you can find at your local store. Just about any topic online has coloring pages from American civil war coloring book pictures to wedding coloring books and leprechaun coloring books. And if your family needs a fund reminder, print out a handwashing coloring book.

5) Bring some fresh flowers inside the house. Take a hint from royalty and place them in each room, even a bud in a small vase in your bathroom. Fresh flowers blended with fruit and musk can give your kitchen a lift as well as your mood when you are in there. Can't find any flowers in your yard? What about a weed? A yellow dandelion can still provide you with reprieve from panic, "burnout," depression, and extreme fatigue.

Chronic pain is perhaps one of the most difficult challenges most people will face in their lifetime. By taking steps to relieve the pain, but also revive the joy in your life, you may not be able to control the illness, but you can control your outlook.
About the Author
Get a free download of 200 Ways to Encourage a Chronically Ill Friend from "Beyond Casseroles" by Lisa Copen when you subscribe to HopeNotes invisible illness ezine at Rest Ministries. Lisa is the founder of Invisible Illness Awareness
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