Written by Kathryn Eyring
We are all introduced to pain at a young age. If a child hasn’t already experienced some form of pain in the first months of life, the scrapes and bruises surely won’t be avoided when taking his or her first steps while learning to walk.
Still, acute pain from
Opioids have been known to be over-prescribed, leaving many adults with a different struggle long after the pain is gone – addiction.
That’s not to say that painkillers don’t have their place. Nonetheless, natural solutions can often provide adequate relief, sometimes just as well as an addictive pharmaceutical.
Disclaimer: Of course, check with your doctor before trying a new pain management technique.
Once you get the green light from your doctor…
Here are 5 small lifestyle changes that may make a big difference with chronic pain:
- Exercise – Yes! One of the amazing benefits of exercise is the body’s release of endorphins which can alter your body’s pain response. An appropriate exercise class (like water aerobics) may be just what you need to relieve arthritis, fibromyalgia, or other chronic pain. Making new friends in class is a bonus!
- Go outside in nature – Sounds too simple, doesn’t it? The benefits of nature, and even simply walking barefoot on the earth, are scientifically proven. Try it!
- Laugh… often – Once again, endorphins and dopamine are released, making us feel renewed and happier despite pain. So, if you’re going to watch TV today, at least put on a comedy!
- Eat a rainbow – A colorful variety of fruits and vegetables are good daily choices for health and longevity. They provide necessary nutrition, fiber and add more hydration to your body and brain. You may be pleasantly surprised at the way food choices can make a difference!
- Sleep well – Go to bed and get up at approximately the same time daily. Be sure the bedroom is dark and cool when you sleep. If your partner snores or keeps the tv on, you have permission to sleep elsewhere – your health is too important for that! When you get up, get outside in the morning light as soon as you can to boost your internal time clock, which may help you be tired that evening for bedtime.
Do these lifestyle changes affect YOUR chronic pain?
Please let me know in the comment box below! If not, more natural solutions are coming in the next weeks!