Many of us struggle with feeling good all day long. It is a struggle to stay positive and feel healthy from morning to night if you struggle with chronic pain or even depression. Here are just a few tips to try to feel better all day long.
- Get Enough Sunlight: Don’t let chronic pain or depression keep you inside all day. It is crucial to get outside and take in sunshine. Try to take a 30-minute walk each day, even if the weather is not the best, you can still benefit from the fresh air. Sunlight and exercise have been found to be just as effective as many anti-depressant medications. The sunshine stimulates serotonin in the brain, which helps with happiness.
- Make Sleep a Priority: Bad sleep or too little sleep can make anyone feel down and negative. Not getting enough sleep can also aggravate chronic pain issues. Make sure you are following good habits throughout the day that will not affect your sleep at night. This means to keep a healthy bedtime (before 11 p.m.), don’t eat foods that give you nighttime heartburn, and don’t spend too much time in front of the screen an hour before bed. Another good tip is to turn down your thermostat, since your body makes more melatonin when your body is cooler.
- Eat Feel-Good Foods: If you think indulging in processed foods and sweets makes you feel better, think again. Foods that make your insulin soar will only make your energy levels crash hard after a few hours. Instead, focus on eating fresh foods that are loaded with all of the vital nutrients you need. A healthy diet will keep your energy level stable and help you feel better all over.
- Stay Focused on the Present and the Positive: So many times our thoughts can make our pain worse. This is because we are dwelling on issues that cause us stress or sorrow. Instead, focus on positive things in the present. Don’t dwell on the things of the past or worry about the things of the future. Instead, realize what you have to be thankful for in the present moment. You may be in a lot of pain, but do you have a family that loves you? Perhaps you are thankful for the ability to walk a few steps outside today, when you could hardly move the day before. Our attitudes are tied closely to how we feel and our pain levels, so work on a positive attitude. Positive attitudes take work and are a choice, and they rarely come easy to individuals.
- Be Around People: It is important to have a good network of people who love you. Even if you just have a grandson come over once a week to play a game of checkers, you both will benefit from this special time together. You may not have be having a good day or feel up for visitors, but don’t push them away. A quick visit from someone positive can brighten the rest of your day.
It is very hard to deal with chronic pain, a disability, or depression each day. Unfortunately, feeling sorry for yourself or snapping at loved ones will not make your pain go away. Instead, try the above tips and you should see improvements in your day.
Remember to always consult a chiropractor or physician before taking any health advice.
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