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7 Coping Strategies for Chronic Pain to Discuss During National Pain Week

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Chronic pain—it’s the worst kind of pain, because even when it’s not at it’s most intense, it’s still there lingering in the background. While there is no surefire cure for chronic pain, there are ways to manage it to maximize your quality of life.

While drugs are one way to curb the pain, there are many other techniques that help take the edge off your suffering so you can accomplish the goals you have in mind. With National Pain Week continuing until the end of July, let’s have a look at seven chronic pain coping methods…

1. Don’t Let it Go to Your Head

As the American Psychological Association points out, chronic pain and emotional duress are often closely linked. Due to this fact, managing stress is a big part of reducing the amount of physical pain that you’re experiencing.

A way to do this is by increasing physical activity (if you pain condition allows you to exercise), even if it’s just a regular brisk walk to loosen up the joints. If not, think about improving your diet and getting proper amounts of sleep at the least. You can also assess the source of the stress and remove yourself from it if it’s feasible.

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