9 Effective Ways to Manage Chronic Pain

More than three out of ten people experience some form of chronic pain. This statistic alone is an indication of an underlying problem that most people face. While there are short-term remedies, chronic pain can last more than three months and beyond if not treated. 

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Chronic pain often develops due to underlying medical conditions or after an injury. According to health experts, pain becomes chronic if it goes for more than three months. Additionally, chronic pain can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, or social status. Below are some of the most effective ways of managing chronic pain. 

Stretch and posture exercises

Full body stretches and other physical exercises aimed at relieving muscle tension can help manage chronic pain. For instance, tai chi is proven to help with underlying chronic pain. Between 10 and 20 minutes of stretching and exercising, posture activities can help you relieve muscle and joint pains categorized as chronic.

Stay active 

You may develop chronic pain due to a busy schedule that deprives you of movements. Do not spend all eight working hours on your desk. Move around to strengthen your muscles and reduce tensions in your body, especially the back.

Drug therapy 

There are proven medications for managing chronic pain. Every drug may have a different effect, depending on the kind of pain you experience. However, there are also general medications that work for all sorts of pains. You can also use pain-relieving supplements like CBD Gummies to help you manage chronic pain. 

Manage your stress

Stress may be another cause of chronic pain. In this case, you should practice relaxing your body and muscles to avoid situations that trigger your pain. Focus on mindfulness and relaxation techniques that help you calm down.

Hot and cold therapy 

You can use heat to manage chronic pain by relaxing your muscles. Consider applying ice on painful areas and give it some minutes for the pain to subside. This is called cold therapy, and it helps by reducing inflammation. Heat also relaxes the muscles by dilating your blood vessels.

Massage 

Similar to cold and hot therapy, massage is useful in relaxing muscles around the affected areas. Massage manipulates your soft tissues, causing relaxation. 

Yoga 

Yoga is an effective pain management technique. This practice is aimed at relaxing, strengthening, and keeping the body flexible through different poses. Yoga helps you cope with chronic pain by giving you more control over the painful parts of the body. 

Get quality sleep

Sleep has many benefits, including pain management. A good night’s sleep will help you rest and reset, which is beneficial for people living with chronic pain. Set and stick to a bedtime routine that helps you get at least eight hours of uninterrupted quality sleep.

Address underlying conditions

Another way to manage chronic pain is by addressing conditions that trigger such pains. If your pain comes from an underlying injury, ensure you get immediate treatment. Accordingly, if stress is the cause, find ways to manage stress and cope. 

Final thoughts 

These pain management techniques will help you cope and reduce the negative impact of chronic pain on your life. Pick one or two of these and see if it helps. Remember to see your physician when the pain persists.

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Great Tips For Running a Great Adult Halloween Party

With Halloween just around the corner it’s time to start thinking about your Halloween party if it is your turn to host or you are planning on having one this year. When it comes to parties, planning is key especially Halloween ones as they have a theme for you to follow so preparing them and getting them ready can take time and be tough. But then actually running them once they happen can be tough too so knowing how you can keep the party flowing and everyone happy is important.

If you are planning on having a Halloween party this year and you are unsure where to start with planning or how to make sure you get prepared in time then these few tips should help you to get some ideas of how to set up your party.

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Start with your invitations

When it comes to a party some people do not realise that the invitations can be key in setting the theme and getting people excited for your party celebration so this is a great place to start. Because it is going to be a Halloween party, making your invitations themed is a great way to get people excited for it, so sending out your invitations with little props like a finger or vampire teeth can be great fun, maybe even throw in an eyeball too.

Get a great costume

When it comes to hosting a party you need to look the part, so getting a killer costume will help you stand out and make sure you set the precedent for the party. Go all out as the host whatever you need, you could shop nose piercings online if you want to find a great piercing that fits your costume, there are some cool themed piercings out there or you could get a fake piercing if you need one for the costume. Pick a costume that people can see as you are the host so you should be easy to spot should anyone need you, also make it comfortable to be in as you are likely to be in it all night.

Make sure to keep the food and drink flowing

At a party it is really important to keep the food and drink going so make sure you have loads of great themed snacks. Also a great idea to have lots of drink available is to make a punch bowl, what that does is allow people to help themselves and you can make plenty of it, and make it as strong as you want so you can make it relatively cheap. You can theme this too by putting it in a cauldron, and throwing in some dry ice around it to make up the smoke to give it a real good Halloween vibe.

If you are hosting a Halloween party for this year and it is your first time or you are struggling for ideas to help run it successfully then hopefully, these few tips will give you some ideas to help you run your party successfully and keep your friends happy.

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Could You Do More Good With Your Business?

Could You Do More Good With Your Business?

There are many reasons for starting a business. Entrepreneurs come up with ideas and make them happen, no matter the size of the idea or the barriers that stand in their way. Some people want to have a sense of purpose while some want to be their own boss while some just simply enjoy the process of creating a business from scratch. One of the best ways to make a difference in this world is by starting your own business and being your own boss, doing things that can make the world a better place. Let’s take a look at some of the ways your business can do this.

Give Back To Your Community

There are many different ways that companies can give back to the community. Giving back is a great way to show appreciation for the support that your company has received from the local community. A few examples of giving back with your business include sponsoring a local event, hosting a fundraiser for a local cause, and providing discounted products or services to people in need.

A lot of people say that they want to do good, but they don’t know how. Doing small things, like providing employment opportunities for people who need it or donating unused goods to shelters, can make a huge difference in somebody’s life. Offer volunteer opportunities for employees or donate products to charities. If you are not able to offer any tangible items, consider donating money or time by volunteering at an event.

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Change People’s Lives

There are many ways that your business can make a difference in the lives of others. You could donate goods or money to people in need, offer your services for free to members of your community, or volunteer your time to help those who are struggling. But there’s one way that’s more powerful than any other: giving a voice to those who don’t have one.

As a company, it’s not always about your financial goals and gain. You have a unique opportunity to help people by creating change on an even larger scale. Your company has the power and resources to reach thousands of people with your message and create real change in their lives simply by using words on a screen or on paper.

Your business can make a difference in the world. It can make people’s lives better with your products or services. Make someone’s life better every day. The most important thing is to have empathy for people and to try to understand what it is that would improve their lives. That is what determines whether or not something will work for them. Your business has the power to change people’s lives, but it needs to feel like they are being listened to and understood first.

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Magical Mischief in Eye of the Tiger (A Redcliffe Novel) Book 4 #TheRedcliffeNovels

Happy Hump Day! Life is never dull in Redcliffe, Cornwall, especially when you are mixed up in the local werewolf pack and your boyfriend is a vampire. Here’s an excerpt from Eye of the Tiger (A Redcliffe Novel) Book 4.

Excerpt

Glancing at the wall clock I saw that the time was barely two o’clock. It felt like I was in a time warp here, waiting to close the shop and see what magical mischief I could get into that evening. At least, that’s how my life seemed now. Perhaps I was being a little melodramatic.

“Alright,” Jack replied, “What has upset you?”

“Oh, the usual,” I said with a huge sigh, “Finding out I’m a witch with a scary animal familiar, discovering that my boyfriend is a vampire, oh and that my friends are werewolves. Or were,” I caught my breath as the tears surged forward again.

“You are mourning the loss of your friend,” Jack said, “It is only natural for a human.”

I nodded and then remembered that Jack was on the phone.

“Yes,” I replied quietly, “She was too young to die like that.”

“She did her duty as pack lieutenant,” Jack said, “She was a hero.”

“Doesn’t make it any easier,” I said.

“No,” Jack agreed, “You need time to ease the pain.”

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Chronic Voice Link-up: Strong in Times of Crisis  

Welcome to September and our monthly A Chronic Voice blog link-up. Read on for my take on the September prompts.

GAZING

I must admit that I am not a summer person. Autumn/Winter is my season, and I am happy to leave summer behind and look forward to cooler weather and a happier mood. I love gazing at the garden as the leaves turn, watching them pile up on the lawn, and I love a crisp, fresh morning walk with my dog.

SHAMING

Humans are such delicate creatures. All it takes is one cruel word from a stranger to upset us and ruin our day. I try hard to move on from these situations, but I am ashamed to say that despite my years of mindfulness training, I haven’t yet grown a thick enough skin to avoid the sting from negative remarks and unpleasant people. I am learning lessons from these interactions and am determined to remain strong in the face of such challenges.

DEFEATING

It has been over a month since I started using my blood serum eyedrops from NHS Blood and Transplant. My doctor seemed confident that they would vastly improve my chronic pain, and at first, I was pleased to find that they seemed to be working. Then I tried to wear make-up. It hurt, my eyes felt heavy, sore, and uncomfortable, and I had to admit defeat and wash it off. I am still struggling with chronic pain, but it has improved with the new eyedrops. I will not be defeated!

CONCENTRATING

My marriage continues to be a struggle and I have trouble concentrating on my work responsibilities and my other daily activities as a result. Having been with my husband for twenty-one years (married for eleven), I cannot simply divorce him and walk away. We have children together, we have a joint mortgage, and we have built a life. Now we must navigate his mental illness and decide whether we can stay together or not.

EMPOWERING

Knowledge is power. It is empowering to know that my instincts could be right when it comes to my husband and the reasons why he behaves the way that he does. Mental illness is a beast that cannot be defeated, but we can try and fight it. There have been developments in my personal life that give me hope, but I am also wary and conscious that I have to be protective of myself. Let us see what happens during the next month or so.

Chronic Voice Link-Up

I joined the social network for A Chronic Voice because I needed to find people who understand what life is like with chronic illness, people like me. Today I have written a post using the August link-up prompts, to show my experience of living with a chronic pain disorder. Click here to find other blog posts from fellow chronic pain sufferers, or #spoonies as we call ourselves online.

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