Techniques to Take Care of Yourself.

When people are in continual pain, they may eventually stop caring for themselves properly and even start opting out of the nice things in life, everything feels like too much effort - or just too dangerous to risk, but that is the road to nowhere.

So here are some suggestions and reminders to help prevent you from going down it -

Eat Healthily - have plenty of fruit and vegetables and cut down on comfort foods like cakes and crisps.

Work at Getting Out and About - as much as you can. The world will open up for you again, if you do.

Have Fun ! - Do things you enjoy, on your own and with other people. Go to the cinema, the theatre, the park, the library, the pub the club. Invite people to visit you and plan to spend the time enjoyably together. Rehearse success first.

Have A Coping Strategy - or three lined up, ready to put into action, should you have a lapse of confidence while out.

Do Something Thoughtful for Someone Else - take a sick person's dog for a walk, do some voluntary work, ferry someone to the shops who hasn't a car. Focusing outwards and thinking of someone else will benefit you too, because it takes your attention away from yourself and your pain.

Laugh at Something Everyday - Watch funny programmes on the TV or read comic books, if you enjoy them. Remind yourself of 10 funny things that have happened to you or to people you know , in the past. Laughing gives the body a great physical work out. have good expectations.

Have Good Expectations - Remember, 'What you focus on is what you get'.

"Doctors prescribe medicines, of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of which they know nothing"
- Voltaire

"Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also love of humanity"
- Hippocrates

"It is much more important to know what sort of patient has a disease than what sort of disease a patient has"
- Sir William Osler

"Don't defy the diagnosis, try to defy the verdict"
- Norman Cousins

"Pain has an element of blank. It cannot be recollect when it began, or if there were a day when it was not.
It has no future but itself. Its infinite realms contain its past, enlightened to perceive new periods of pain"
- Emily Dickinson

"In most mental illnesses the capacity to relax is as much impaired as the integrity of a bone destroyed by fracture"
- A Myerson

"But that I can save him from days of torture, that is what is my great and ever new privilege. Pain is a more terrible lord of mankind than even death itself"
- Dr Albert Schweistzer

"Care more for the individual patient than for the special features of the disease"
- Sir William Osler

"Any problem, whether it manifests itself physically or emotionally, affects the whole person. It is the whole person who needs the treatment"

"Fear generates anxiety and anxiety focuses the attention. The more attention is locked the worse the pain"
- Dr Patrick Wall

"Nothing is more essential in the treatment of serious illness than the liberation of the patient from panic and foreboding"
- Norman Cousins

"I enjoy convalescences. It is the part that makes the illness worthwhile"
- George Bernard Shaw

"There's nothing wrong with you that what's right with you could not fix"
- Baruch Shalem


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