The holidays can be daunting for those suffering from chronic pain. For many, participation in the season’s activities may not be as fun and enjoyable as they used to be, which may lead to feeling more stressed and anxious. These feelings may make the management of chronic pain much more difficult. Rather than focus on the pain, give yourself a G.I.F.T this season and enjoy the holidays!
G: Stop feeling guilty. Focus your attention on what you can do, not what you can’t.
I: Decide what’s most important. Focus on accomplishing one small task at a time and don’t overwhelm yourself.
F: Family matters, but your pain does too. Inform your family of how you are feeling and help them understand that your health comes first.
T: Think about plans ahead of time. Having a drawn out plan for the holidays, such as shopping, events, and traveling, can help to relieve stress and reduce your anxiety.
By taking time to focus on your health and well-being this holiday season, you will be much more inclined to enjoy all that the holidays have to offer.
If you, a friend, or family member is suffering from chronic pain, call us today at 732-431-2155 to schedule an appointment with a member of the Advanced Wellness team.