5 Tips for Being Productive with Chronic Pain

5 Tips for Being Productive with Chronic Pain by patient advocate Lana Barhum. Read it on the Mango Health Blog at http://blog.mangohealth.com.

The American Academy of Pain Medicine reports that more than half of Americans live with chronic pain. Furthermore, at least 40% report that pain interferes with their ability to work and enjoy everyday life. So how do you stay productive when pain is a regular part of your routine? Patient advocate Lana Barhum shares five tried-and-true tips.

Don’t put it off.
Putting projects off until the last minute is often tempting for everyone. But procrastinating is an easy way to find yourself overwhelmed. Break down major projects into smaller, discrete tasks, then approach each task one at a time. Finishing a task – no matter how small – not only helps you feel successful, but also generates momentum toward the next task.

Life with chronic illness is unpredictable, and I never quite know how I’ll feel the next day. Doing a little bit of work each day makes it easier to smooth over any interruptions that chronic illness might cause. When possible, getting started well before deadlines is generally wise, too.

Read more at blog.mangohealth.com/post/151474269912/5-tips-for-being-productive-with-chronic-pain 

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2 Replies to “5 Tips for Being Productive with Chronic Pain”

  1. 5 Ways to have a Productive Day with a Chronic Illness
    1. Evaluate tasks ft. the spoon theory
    If you haven’t heard of Christine Miserandino’s Spoon theory , it is a great place to start to help you have a productive day.
    2. Break down tasks
    Breaking down tasks makes things more manageable. Something, I am training myself in like a disobedient dog. I am one of those people who seeks to think holistically to even do a task. However, breaking down tasks can relieve stress, because you know you are achieving something.
    3. Follow your Body Clock
    Most people would say, sort out your body clock first and foremost. It may work, but it is something I have been trying to do for over 10 years. My body just likes to be up during the night. The fatigue and pain is more manageable after I have digested by one meal per day.
    4. Relax… just not too much
    Whether you have a chronic illness or not, everyone should take time to wind down. If you’re fortunate enough TAKE a bath, or go and visit someone who does! Watch a comedy, listen to music or sit in silence, do what works for YOU. I am not saying you are not going to wake up still feeling fatigued because you probably will BUT subconsciously your body and mind is still getting a valuable break and you get a hint of happiness. I find relaxing whilst doing a task slowly usually gives me the right balance. However, this may not work for everyone.5. Relieve stress with a pet
    Patting pets are proven to having a calming effect on humans (Rodriguez, 2012), which may help you to think more clearly and be more productive! It is ideal if you own a pet and go and give them love when you are stressed and they are in a good mood. If your pet is moody, trust me try hugging your friends’ pet or the other four tips AND come back to this one later. When my pets are hungry they treats me like food and it makes me feel rejected and has the opposite effect. If you cannot keep an animal, I suggest you look out for the nearest dog on your walks or go visit an animal shelter. That way you can have your rare day out, killing two birds with one stone…..Thanks(mygenericpharmacy)

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