24 Self-Care Tips For Anyone Living With Chronic Pain
Ditch the "I'm okay" face.
We asked members of the Buzzfeed Community who deal with chronic pain to share the little ways they take care of themselves. Here's what they had to say.
FYI: These aren’t meant to be a substitute for medical advice; they’re tactics that have worked for others and might work for you, too. Be sure to check with your doctor before trying anything new for your chronic pain.
1. Prepare some YouTube or Spotify playlists for those inevitable times when you need a distraction from the pain.
2. Revamp your wardrobe with comfortable clothes.
3. Write down the activities you can do at different pain levels — both for yourself and others.
4. Wake up early so you can prepare for the day slowly.
5. Take up journaling so you have a place to vent.
6. Or open up to someone you trust, so that you don't have to keep it all to yourself.
7. Embrace the magic of a really, really good bath.
8. Give yoga a try.
9. Exercise in the water for a lower-impact workout.
10. Use tennis balls or other tools to work your muscles at home.
11. Figure out the best ways to relax so you can keep your stress levels down.
12. See a doctor who specializes in pain management.
13. Stock up on all the heated things — pads, mattress toppers, jackets, car seats, whatever.
14. And invest in a blanket that will be your new best friend.
15. Utilize wheelchairs and other mobility aids when you need them.
16. Get comfortable saying "no" without beating yourself up.
17. Join a support group to connect with people who actually get it.
18. Pick up an artistic hobby that can serve as a distraction or self-care act.
19. Consider getting a pet.
20. Don't get just any old massage — seek out one designed to help your pain.
21. Don't be afraid to try more ~alternative~ treatment methods like acupuncture and cupping.
22. Try out a wearable unit for pain, like a TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) unit.
23. Ask other people with chronic pain for advice whenever you can.
24. Give yourself permission to ditch the brave "I'm okay" face.
Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity. And for even more tips, check out the comments in the original post here.