Dealing With Pain.

March 10, 2017

Pain.

It's a word & feeling many of us wish didn't exist

However when it strikes and strikes hard even the us who like to keep going are forced to stop.

Even with pain we all try to carry on 'as normal' and not let us effect us: do the shopping, house work, work and meet friends. However when it all gets too much and movement is an effort, the pain & sickness makes you irritated except you can't distract yourself because the telly is too much, computer work is too much, house work is too much, reading is too much. So what do you? 

I strongly, strongly suggest mindful colouring. I have been struggling with colouring as well this week but I have really tried to keep doing it at night and in the mornings to get myself up and going and keep myself motivated. It doesn't take too much energy, but you are still 'creating' something, you are making the page come alive. You still get a result and for me in my mind I haven't 'wasted' time - as that is one of my main niggles in life, I hate wasting or feeling like I have wasted time because time is precious and we can never get yesterday back. 

So mindful colouring really, really helps me. It is a life saver. I know a lot of people enjoy hobbies like sewing which is also good as again you get a result and a sense of achievement when you reach the end product.

Cooking of course is another amazing hobby but with chronic migraines, and chronic pain being stood up and having to concentrate is just not possible. 

I have been really bad in the past week or so not really cooking properly just picking easy options so I don't have to stand up over a hob or 'move' around too much as your balance is off, dizziness & extra nausea isn't fun. Being on the go all day with a headache you don't want to move when you don't have to / at the end of the day you are too drained to move anymore. 

Having treatment this week though will help me improve now but ( despite not really accepting it ) this week in my down time has REALLY for me has been down time. I have been forced to take a back seat. 

What therparies do use if you suffer with chronic migraines, chronic pain and/or chronic illness.

What treatments do you use/follow or have used/followed? 

Do you find certain hobbies you can still enjoy and manage to distract yourself with. 

Remember pain isn't a weakness and we have to appreciate our inner strength in dealing with the pain, working through treatment - despite side effects & general effects and finding distractions to help us through this time. 

Reach out to me and let me know your treatment journey, pain management tips and distraction ideas.

Sending you lots of love!

Love and peace - S xoxo

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SOPHIE'S
COOKING TIPS

#1
Feeling sluggish and rubbish when you have woken up? Get boosting up on bananas the more the better - they will help settle your stomach, boosting digestion, they are a mood enhancer, they will give you the energy you need and keep you full. Buy my book for banana receipe ideas.
 
#2
Wake up every morning and ATLEAST have one glass of lemon water before doing anything else! Ideally try to drink a litre of water. The lemon wakes up your digestive system ready for the day and has great cleansing properties.
 
#3
Check your dairy and meat intake - dairy can sit in your system for up to seven days unable to digest properly. Meaning other foods also get neglected and nurtients aren't absorbed properly and you feel extremely bloated. Go and smell your food bin, your stomach will be in that state. Rotting foods in your belly - hmm nice.
 
#4
DO NOT FEAR CARBS - THEY ARE NOT THE ENEMY! CARB UP!!
Bananas, Rice, Potatoes, Leafy Greens, Corn, Beans, Lentils etc PACK THEM IN GO MAD.
 
#5
NEVER COUNT CALORIES - NEVER RESTRICT!! These restriction 'starvation' diets who tell you to only eat 500 calories a day then have a treat day - where you binge out and eat WAY too much, is simply messing up your metabolism and on your binge days yours body stores all the fat meaning you gain weight because it knows it is going to go back into starvation mode and needs to hold onto every little thing it can. HELLO WEIGHT GAIN. 

Life is too short not to live it to the full, making yourself happy.

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