9 Tips for Finding Happiness When You're Dealing with Chronic PainNone By Elizabeth Seward
While achieving lasting happiness is a goal everyone can get behind, the feasibility of this goal is justifiably pulled into question by chronic pain patients every day. How can you feel longstanding happiness if your body is in constant pain? And what are the possibilities for living happily amid physical pain even like? Can you learn to practice gratitude, savor the good stuff, and become excited and embracing of yourself and your life?
One thing's for sure: while chronic pain is an ongoing struggle, it doesn't have to be an inescapable spiral toward depression and unhappiness.
If you’re living with chronic pain and wondering how to infuse your daily life with greater happiness and fulfillment, consider what science tells us about pain and happiness in the following tips. While they won't totally erase your pain, with concerted effort, commitment, and hope, they'll steer you in a more joy-filled direction.
Excel in Good Sleep Hygiene
Not sleeping well? Being cranky and tired isn't the only side effect you'll feel—studies tell us that sleep disturbances can increase the body’s sensitivity to pain. Adopting good sleep hygiene is easier said than done, but consider starting with exercising during the day, keeping your sleeping area at a cool and comfortable temperature, and investing in bedding that makes you feel at ease.
Learn Mindfulness Through Meditation
Numerous studies support the assertion that regular mindfulness meditation can work to lower the body’s level of pain as well as improve sleep. One study found that pain levels were significantly decreased ove