New Year’s Resolutions for a Pain-Free 2018!
1. Put Your Health First – Take good care of yourself. You are not able to care for your family, if you don’t properly take care of yourself first. Make it your goal to surround yourself with individuals who understand your situation and support you unconditionally. Allow yourself to rest, recover, and say no to things that may make your pain worse. Knowing that you are doing all you can to reduce your pain is a comforting feeling. See a specialist and take control of your pain, before pain takes control of your life.
2. Find Little Ways to Incorporate Activity – Invest in a good pair of walking shoes & hit the pavement! The benefits are clear: regular low impact aerobic exercise may reduce inflammation, strengthen your muscles, and provide healing by sending oxygen-rich blood to painful areas. Build walking into your daily schedule so you can’t easily skip it. For example, take your dog for a walk every morning or walk during your lunch break. Try to exercise for at least 30 minutes at least 3 or 4 times each week.
3. Set a tobacco quit date – It’s no secret that smoking and tobacco use can wreak havoc on your health, but studies have shown that smokers experience pain more frequently than non-smokers. Quitting smoking can be highly challenging but is definitely worth the effort. Don’t put off quitting. Set a date and stick to it. Share the date with family and friends, so you’re more committed to that date and they can help hold you accountable to your goal. If you associate other habits, such as drinking coffee, with smoking, replace those habits with new ones! Click here to learn how smoking affects your chronic pain.
4. Get a “Resolution Buddy” – You’ll be far more likely to achieve your objectives if you have a friend by your side to encourage you to stay persistent. Invite a friend to come over to cook a healthy meal or join you as you work out in the gym. You can be each other’s “cheerleaders”, which will make the chore of getting healthy more social and fun.
5. Set Short-Term Goals – If your New Years Resolution is to eat healthy, instead of telling yourself “I’m not going to eat junk food for the next three months,” tell yourself “I’m not going to eat junk food for the next week”. Breaking up a large goal into smaller chunks will give you the sense of accomplishment you’ll need in order to stay motivated enough to see your goals through to completion. Don’t be discouraged by a set-back. The road to success has lots of curves and bends, if you stay on track after a set back it can fuel you forward!
From all of the staff at Twin Cities Pain Clinic and Surgery Center we wish you happiness and health in 2018!