Living with chronic pain is one of the hardest things anyone can do. It causes your body to be in a near-constant state of stress and can lead to being easily distracted with your mind always being split between the task at hand and the pain.
Chronic pain changes the way the brain functions and leaves the person suffering and more likely to develop mental struggles such as depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts.
But, what if there were a way to make things a little more tolerable day-to-day? What if there were a technique to encourage happiness and concentration in spite of the chronic pain you're facing?
There is a method of coping with chronic pain that doesn't require additional medications. By employing some quiet time to yourself every day in the practice of gratitude you can lighten your outlook and make life seem more attainable.
Here we give you our guide on using gratitude to help you with coping with chronic pain.
The Power of Grace and Gratitude in Fighting Against the Mental Strain of Chronic Pain
It's well known that the attitude you choose to take in life assists in determining the kind of mood you're in. Some of the things that people with chronic pain suffer through are anxiety, or over excessive worrying about potential outcomes, depression, and even thoughts of self-harm or suicide.
The struggle of being in constant varying states of pain can feel like they are too much to bear. But, studies have shown, that participating in a gratitude practice helps eliminate these negative mental states.
While thinking of things, or people, you are grateful for the brain is unable to process thoughts of worry or anxiety at the same time. Consistently living in a state of gratitude for all the things that are right with your life, instead of focusing on the downfalls you're facing, makes you stronger and strengthens your mental resolve.
It makes you able to continue to fight the battle of your chronic pain while also achieving your dreams and becoming successful in your business pursuits.
How to Start Practicing Gratitude
Your journey towards a gratitude practice doesn't have to start with an hour a day. Take a few minutes when you wake up to write down a couple of things you are grateful for.
The next day you must write down two more that are different from the day before, and so on.
Continue this trend and begin to make longer lists every day. Finding a trusted friend to share your list with can help keep you accountable and on the right track.
Check out our post here for more tips on creating a gratitude journal.
Start Building Yourself a Path to Happiness Through Everyday Grace and Gratitude
Even while coping with chronic pain it's important to not let the little things slip through your fingers. Through the small steps we've discussed you can make your life a little bit better and give you a better chance of success.
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Michele Bailey is president and CEO of Blazing Agency and My Big Idea®. These two lines of business work congruently to support her clients’ success.