Chronic pain can often leave you fighting overwhelming fatigue and pain just to get yourself out of bed and dressed in the morning. When basic tasks take so much energy it can be hard to stay motivated.
If you’re battling chronic pain, there are some key things to remember when it comes to keeping your motivation for doing your basic self-care and healthcare needs (not to mention daily tasks).
How to stay motivated when dealing with chronic pain
Maintenance is Key
It’s no secret that once something is a habit, it becomes easier to do. Whether that’s starting an exercise regime or just planning basic maintenance appointments with your healthcare professionals – maintenance is key.
Aside from your regular check-ups with your doctor or specialist, regular appointments with a chiropractor, physiotherapist, or massage therapist like the ones at Tread Well can help you effectively manage your pain and in turn, keep you motivated.
Make Your Healthcare Work For You
Let’s face it, no matter how hard you try to motivate yourself, some days that’s just not in the cards – and that’s okay! A great way to stay motivated and on top of your healthcare needs and goals as someone with chronic pain is to learn how you can adapt your healthcare to work for you – even on your bad days.
One of the best things to come out of recent events is the way in which healthcare has learned to adapt and incorporate more telehealth and alternative methods for administering certain therapies. This is a huge win for people dealing with chronic pain, now more than ever you can take advantage of virtual appointments or even in-home therapy like Okotoks Physical Therapy offers to structure your healthcare to suit your needs.
These options make it easy for those living with chronic pain to still receive the beneficial therapies and education they need to manage their health while removing the pressure of having to travel to a clinic or office (especially on a bad day).
Be Kind to Yourself
Most importantly, be kind to yourself. Know your limits and respect them just as you would anyone else. Go slow, break your tasks and goals into small manageable chunks and give yourself a break when things don’t go to plan, take longer than they should or need to be scrapped altogether. Coping with chronic pain is hard work, but learning how to maintain your motivation to take care of yourself and prioritize your health can make all the difference.