If you’re one of the thousands of Americans who live with chronic pain, you should know that there are simple lifestyle changes you can make to improve your overall quality of life. These tactics aren’t just for people with chronic pain, though; anyone can use these methods to feel a bit stronger and refreshed.
Try Some Stretches and Yoga
Yes, lots of people are touting the benefits of yoga these days, but that’s because there are certain poses (or asanas) that are perfect for different types of pain. In fact, no matter where your chronic pain is, odds are that there are some yoga poses or stretches for it. Some people find that doing yoga has a nearly miraculous effect on their back pain. Others use these stretches to help with their hip flexors, their shoulders, or their necks. You never know until you try! Plus, you can find classes at your local gym as well as online.
Eat Anti-Inflammatory Foods
Processed foods can make you feel full and heavy, which discourages you from being active and looking after your health. Instead, reach for foods that have anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants. Some great examples include berries, black beans, broccoli, garlic, ginger, green tea, oats, red pepper, spinach, and turmeric.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
If you’re carrying some extra weight, this could be putting unnecessary strain on your joints, and this could exacerbate your chronic pain. Do your best to eat a healthy, balanced diet that is rich in whole plant foods, including the anti-inflammatory ones mentioned above. In addition, stay active in a way that brings you joy. This might be a daily walk around the park, riding a bike, swimming, or doing yoga. Remember that the power of the mind plays a role in how we feel both mentally and physically. Bust stress by staying social, getting enough sleep, and doing activities you enjoy.