Chronic Pain

Strategies to Fight Psychological Effects of Chronic Pain


People who suffer from chronic pain are at an increased risk of developing depression and anxiety compared to those who are not in pain. Long-term pain may also cause a decline in memory, concentration, and mood, which significantly reduces the affected individual’s quality of life. 

Living with chronic pain is exhausting. When it becomes coupled with anxiety or depression, life can seem like a constant uphill battle that leads to exhaustion, stress, sleep deprivation, and problems at work or home. Cognitive therapies such as mindfulness, meditation, and cognitive behavioral therapy have been shown to break the cycle of pain sufferers and restore their quality of life. Examples of changes include eating a healthy diet, surrounding yourself with positive people, developing regular sleep patterns, and exercising regularly.

Ty this cognitive strategy tips to help cope with pain.

  • Tip 1: Think helpful thoughts when negative thoughts arise; learn how to swap out bad thoughts for good ones
  • Tip 2: Improve sleep habits by setting a schedule; go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every day; aim for eight hours 
  • Tip 3: Perform relaxation, mindfulness, and meditation to relieve muscle tension and stress, which reduces pain
  • Tip 4: Read about chronic pain and study its effects on the body to reduce long-term damage 
  • Tip 5: Eat an anti-inflammatory diet to reduce tissue damage; focus on fruits, vegetables, unrefined carbohydrates, and healthy fats such as fish, avocados, nuts and unrefined, cold pressed coconut oil 
  • Tip 6: Shift your focus from the pain by doing more of the things you love 
  • Tip 7: Exercise regularly to reduce stress and build muscle strength
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