Living Well Made Easier
Here are some tips from How to Live Well with Chronic Pain–one of the self-care motivation card sets available on our website. Find more information on our website to help you cope, reduce stress, and just plain feel good.
Which one of these will you choose today?
• Practice mindfulness-based stress reduction. To get started, look for classes at your local medical centers.
• Check out aromatherapy. Some oils have sedative and anti-inflammatory properties that can provide relief.
• Learn better decision-making skills. What does this have to do with health? Well, when you take the time to understand which lifestyle choices
are healthy, how to make them part of your daily life, and actually do them, you’ll get the good results you were hoping for.
• Play. Do something just for fun. Take a break from the stress and worry. If you have to set a timer, do so.
It is important to stay active in monitoring and reducing stress when you have chronic pain. You don’t want to get distracted from pursuing your desires and goals. We all deserve the best life we can have.
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Order Tools For Living Well with Chronic Pain
Whether the chronic pain that you experience was caused by an illness or an injury, this set of informative cards can make every day better. Each box (4.125” x 4.125” x .25”, 2.5 oz.) contains:15
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Meet Jaimi Ellison
An expert in chronic pain management, Jaimi Ellison knows firsthand what it takes to ease chronic pain symptoms. She was hit by a car, and after five surgeries and lots of doctors’ appointments, she knew how crucial certain therapies were in achieving optimal health.
Q: Can chronic pain be eased by following a fitness program? Yes, everyone would feel better with physical activity in their life, especially those with chronic pain from arthritis, back pain, muscle and joint pain, and migraines, as well as neurogenic and psychogenic pain. I work with individuals to assess their fitness level, determine their fitness goals, figure out what activities they like and dislike, then tailor a program that is best suited for them.
Q: How do you help someone stay motivated when when he or she is starting rehabilitation? Many emotions can come up, such as anger, anxiety, and helplessness when you can no longer do what you once could. The key to success is focusing on the positive and seeing what is in front of you as a pathway to achieving goals and personal growth. I find that the attitude you have about your chronic pain will determine how well you live with it. For best results I recommend a positive attitude punctuated with curiosity and a good sense of humor.
Jaimi Ellison is a personal trainer and owner of an integrative wellness center, Santa Cruz CORE Fitness + Rehab (www.santacruzcore.com).
You don't get to choose your chronic health condition, but you can choose how to live with it.
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