Living with chronic pain sucks. Your life is now determined by how your body feels, and what you are physically able to do. What’s worse is there is now escape!
Your body has pretty much turned into your own personal torture chamber. You wonder how can you even go on as the pain creeps inside your mind. Strangling what life you have left.
This is why living with chronic pain sucks. It just sucks everything that you have in you out! Your energy level, your happiness, your perspective on life, it just drains it all out of you, like a bathtub draining water.
I know that for me on my bad days I can’t even eat a meal! I hurt so bad that food makes me want to throw up. It just sucks!
I know that I am kinda ranting here a little but, If I could physically climb a mountain and scream about how much it sucks to live life this way, I probably would!
This post is going to be about pain, and just why it sucks so much! But, I also wanted to share a couple of unique ways to overcome your pain and how to improve the quality of your life.Subscribe Today
- What Living With Chronic Pain Does To You Mentally
- How The Improve The Quality of Your Life
I feel like pain really devours a person from the inside out. Let’s get into the reason why….
Living With Chronic Pain | What It Does To You Mentally
Living with chronic pain is a challenge, and not just physically. Your mental state is just as affected. I know that for me, I viewed my life as worthless.
Just a lump of flesh sitting on the couch, dreaming of being someone else who does not have pain. That was my life. But that is not how life works.
You can’t sit there and daydream (something that I loved to do) about another life that does not exist. You have to realize one simple truth…. that this is your life and you only get one ride!
I know for me I contemplated suicide more than once, and I truly believe that it was the good Lord that saved me from making the biggest mistake of my life.
Being a medical mystery, I had no answers. The more that I saw doctors and the more they kept coming back with that blank look on their face the more depressed and defeated I became.
Defeat is such an ugly word, and if you let your disability crawl into the depths of your mind, you will feel defeated. I personally felt defeated for so long….
The best way that I found to overcome this feeling of defeat is by removing your disability from your mind. Now I am not saying that this is an easy feat by any means, but it can be done.
Read the next section to get some great ideas on how to overcome this destructive mindset…
Living With Chronic Pain | The Quality Of Your Life
Living with chronic pain really affects the quality of your life. Let’s take a second to really analyze what quality of life really means.
Quality of life definition: Is the general well-being of an individual or society.
That definition right there says it all! The WELL-BEING of an individual. If you are hurting all the time then your well-being is pretty much down that bathtub drain!
How are you suppose to enjoy life when you are just hurting all the time. Well, as much as I am ranting here I also want to go over how to enjoy your life even if you do hurt all the time.
It took a long time for me to learn these lessons to improve the quality of my life, and I hope that anyone living with chronic pain will follow these steps to improve the quality of life.
- Know You Are An Amazing And Strong Person:
This is something that a lot of us who are living with chronic pain tend to overlook. In fact, we tend to go the other way with it and say that we are not amazing at all and look down on ourselves.
But I am going to tell you something that I have learned. That we are stronger than most people out there. I know that this is probably a terrible analogy but we are like prisoners in long-term concentration camps, battling our pain.
People think that we are weak because we are disabled, but they (and you) should realize the other side of that coin. That we are stronger because of our pain.
It is easy to live without pain and workout, and go to your job and have a life. But when you are in pain all the time it takes a specially strong person to live out every day of their life.
Because of this, I believe that anyone who is living with chronic pain is an amazing person, and you should look in the mirror and say to yourself that you are an amazing person as well!
- Create A Purpose In Your Life:
I became disabled when I was just starting out in my adult life. One of the emptiest feelings that I harbored inside was a lack of purpose in my life.
This is a horrible feeling that people who work and have active lives outside of their house don’t understand. Having purpose is a must for your quality of life to improve.
You can’t just sit there and exist to exist (trust me, I know). You have to find purpose in your life, even if it is small and just a hobby, you have to have a purpose and a goal that you are trying to reach in your life.
The reason for this is because it helps to get your mind off the pain. Pain can consume you and the more that you focus on it, the greater it becomes.
I myself how found a great outlet for my pain through blogging. It has given me a new purpose in life. It has changed my disabled life for the better!
Find something that your are passionate about and just go for it. Life is too short to just watch it go by….
- Help Others:
You know, I have found this to be a great way to actually increase my quality of life. We always feel like we are the helpee, which can make us depressed and feeling like a victim.
But if you turn the tables and help someone else in whatever way that you can, you end up feeling great about yourself. This helps to defeat depression and greatly improves the quality of your life.
Overcoming Living With Chronic Pain
Defeating chronic pain not, just an illusion that you hear about. Are you going to be magically cured and never have pain again? NO, you are still going to have pain!
But if you try to achieve some of the things that I mentioned above you will start to see your life in a new light. I believe that defeating pain starts with you, not the pain itself.
By defeating your own mindset about your pain, you can begin to overcome the pain itself. I know that this sounds crazy but it works.
Living with chronic pain is not a fun life. To you have to remember that even with your limitations LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT! So make it a good one!