Updated: Aug 12, 2022
Feeling out of control and overwhelmed by chronic pain is devastating. Without a pain management plan, chronic pain can affect one's life more than just physical discomfort and stress. Having poor pain management skills can eventually negatively affect one's career, financial status, relationships, spirituality, and identity.
There are three critical pillars to successful pain management. Maintaining these pillars can allow a person with chronic pain to work, manage home life, build relationships, improve self-love, and promote self-growth. Keep reading below to learn more about these three pillars and how to apply them to life today!
There is no benchmark to having complete health and wellness. Health and wellness is a process that we strive towards throughout our entire lives. Having chronic pain can make this journey to good health and wellness seem unattainable. Being under attack by the mind and body without any control over how it affects the world around one with chronic pain can seem overbearing.
When we get to a state of feeling overwhelmed by pain experiences, consistency in the pain management journey becomes crucial. The first step towards becoming consistent is to find a plan that helps one feel better, decreases pain attacks, and better manages social, mental, and behavioral wellbeing in response to pain experiences. We constantly react to the world, its stressors and triggers, and our thoughts and emotions about how the world seems to be.
So, having a clear game plan about what helps heal from stress and avoid triggers will allow one with chronic pain to be consistent in their healing journey. Chronic pain is a form of chronic stress on the mind and body. Chronic stress can make understanding the triggers that are preventing recovery and healing difficult. Chronic pain Warriors would benefit from hiring a life coach to help identify pain and stress triggers, healing modalities that work, and actionable steps to improve overall wellbeing.
Making a clear and concise game plan to respond to flare-ups and stressful events is only one pillar to successful pain management. The next step is to be able to stay motivated to stick to the plan. It takes consistency and accountability to improve overall health and wellbeing. Healing and reversing overactive pain systems does not happen overnight, so mapping out obstacles will be an integral portion of successfully managing pain.
A life coach can keep you accountable to take planned, actionable steps that will get you on track towards recovery. Accountability will be essential when facing minor setbacks or practicing patience with the mind and body while healing.
Facebook groups, challenges, and. group coaching are inexpensive and fun options to get started with pain management and forming an accountability system. Click here to join this free pain management challenge on Facebook today!
The third pillar to successful pain management is to have a trusted support system. Chronic pain is often not fully understood by those who have not experienced long-term pain. The feeling of being misunderstood, unsupported, and misbelieved can lead to feelings of loneliness, rage, disappointment, or depression.
One can build a support system based on those who love them and have expressed their wants to help. Empathetic healthcare providers and coworkers who will split tasks to make work less demanding are also good candidates for a support system.
Life coaches can serve as tremendous boosters to healthcare needs by asking the right questions and forming a safe plan. Life coaches act as an accessory to healthcare, like a soundboard that will help one with chronic pain look within and form their best judgments in how they would like to proceed in their healing journey.
Knowing where to start one's chronic pain journey can be confusing, maybe even overwhelming. Begin your pain management journey by joining this FREE pain management challenge today!