Six Ways to Naturally Manage Chronic Pain
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Anyone who has ever suffered from chronic pain knows that the actual physical pain is only half the battle. The other half is the mental state. Being deprived of some of the most joyful activities we once knew is devastating.
The big problem? The solutions most doctors recommend for pain management are pharmaceuticals. And, most of those pharmaceutical options are considered to be highly addictive with side effects that can be downright destructive.
It’s no wonder that many chronic pain warriors are exploring natural remedies to help ease the physical pain while also lessening the emotional burden of the chronic condition.
If you’re living with chronic pain, here are six natural and research-backed ways that could help lessen the impact of pain and bring more joy into your life. We could ALL use a little more of that, right?
1. CBD for pain relief.
CBD, short from cannabidiol, is a natural medicinal compound derived from the hemp plant that can have powerful anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects.
Unfortunately, CBD often gets a bad rap for too often mistakenly being exclusively associated with marijuana. But, when CBD is derived from hemp, it doesn’t get you high.
Hemp-derived CBD can be consumed like a health supplement without interrupting your daily routine or responsibilities.
Many choose to use CBD oil tinctures or topicals, but if CBD is inhaled, it can enter your system even faster, sometimes within just 30 seconds.
When inhaled, CBD quickly delivers the natural dose of pain relief while also triggering a deep sense of calm and well-being.
If you’re thinking about testing out CBD to help ease pain, consider trying out Vance Global’s All Natural Blends. It’s 100% organic and each Vance has 100mg of CBD from pure, high-quality hemp. And, Vance Global products are legal and shipped nationwide.
“This [Vance Global All Natural Blend] has truly changed my life and has made it MUCH easier to enjoy simple life activities like walking the dog and more, which I struggled to do before.”
2. Lavender… more than a relaxer?
Lavender is an herb that smells amazing, and it can do a little more than simply induce relaxation. It’s also a natural resource that some use for pain relief as well as sleep support and anxiety.
Lavender can be used as an essential oil and rolled on to the skin or inhaled. Organic lavender is also an ingredient found in Vance All Natural Blends in addition to organic hemp flower.
When inhaled, lavender adds to the relaxation sensation provided by the hemp-derived CBD and may also add to the pain-relieving effect.
3. Do something you enjoy.
This tip—“do something you enjoy”—seems obvious to help subside the mental weight of chronic pain.
But, oftentimes when your mind and body are all-consumed by monstrous pain, it can be an exhaustive challenge to just think about anything else besides being in that state of pain paralysis.
When the pain is at a low, try making a list of activities that bring you some happiness. Include things that take minimal physical effort for those “bad” days when the pain intensity is at a higher level. Then list some activities for the “good” days when the pain is manageable.
You can include simple tasks like catching up with a friend on the phone or taking an Epsom salt bath.
For those glorious days when you’re able to do more physical activity, you might list a gentle exercise you enjoy or taking the dog for a walk.
When we do an activity that brings us some peace of mind, joy or even laughter, we can trigger our brain to release endorphins, which can lower pain levels and bring a much-needed smile to our face.
4. Have an attitude of gratitude.
It turns out that an attitude of gratitude can actually impact your physical well-being.
Feelings of gratitude activate the parts of the brain associated with dopamine (AKA the feel-good neurotransmitter).
And, studies show that having a consistent practice of expressing gratitude can help increase exercise, sleep quality, happiness and therefore overall health.
When we’re in pain, it can feel all too easy to succumb to the spiral of negativity. But, in all reality, no matter the circumstances, we all have something to be grateful for.
Try journaling just 3-5 things every day that you’re grateful for and notice how you feel after this quick exercise…
Has your mindset altered even in the slightest? Even if there’s just a tiny shift toward positivity, that can be a huge win. And, that tiny shift might even be something to add to the gratitude list 😉
What you’re grateful for doesn’t have to be something monumental. Today, you might just be grateful that you got out of bed this morning or that it’s sunny outside right now or that you enjoyed your morning tea or coffee.
5. Start a Grounding practice.
Grounding or Earthing is a practice of placing your bare skin on natural ground. Although the concept of simply making skin contact with the Earth seems too simple to have any real impact on pain relief, research shows otherwise.
Studies show that the practice of grounding can reduce inflammation, and therefore help to subside chronic or acute pain.
Try kicking back in your backyard and place your feet in the dirt or grass for a simple way to naturally soothe the pain. Better yet, smoke a Vance while practicing grounding to add to the pain relief effects.
6. Get your body moving.
Although at times it’s much easier said than done, physical exercise is crucial to manage chronic pain.
Exercise can reduce inflammation, help maintain strength and range of motion, improve sleep quality and raise our mood.
On days when the gym or a walk around the neighborhood feel like a far-fetched concept, know that having a regular practice of gentle exercises, like stretching, yoga or Tai Chi, can have an enormous positive impact on pain and your emotional state.
If attending a public hour-long yoga class is too intimidating right now, check out YouTube or other online outlets with instructional yoga videos you could follow at home.
With so many online resources available nowadays, you may just find a 10-15 minute video specific to your type of physical pain that could be incorporated into your daily routine.
If you’re dealing with chronic pain, which of these six tips are you going to try first? Thinking about giving CBD a try? Click here to order Vance All Natural Blends.
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