Chronic pain is unfortunately a very common problem for both men and women of all ages. That being said, there are powerful ways to manage, prevent, and even cure pain naturally without having to turn to pain medication or expensive procedures.
Below lists 6 tips to beat your pain naturally:
1. Change your diet
I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “let food by thy medicine,” and it’s true! Eating foods that are anti-inflammatory helps to reduce inflammation in your body. Inflammation is the root of pain, and when inflammation is wide spread throughout your body, this means more pain for you.
Foods that are highly anti-inflammatory include fruits, vegetables, salmon, sardines, and walnuts. In addition to eating anti-inflammatory foods, you also want to steer clear of pro-inflammatory foods. Pro-inflammatory foods include highly processed foods and sugar.
2. Sleep more
Lack of sleep increases inflammation in your body, and getting just a couple hours too few of sleep can make you more sensitive to pain. Sleep is also when your body is meant to reset and recharge, and if you deprive yourself of this, you will feel the effects both physically and mentally.
Most adults need 7-8 hours of sleep at night. If you don’t do so already, make sleep a priority to feel better today!
3. Stretch your body
When you are in constant pain, this causes your whole body to tense up in response to that pain. Tensing of muscles leads to even more widespread pain and stiffness. Combat this muscle tension by taking the time to stretch daily or at least every couple of days. The more stretch the better, but even just a few minutes of trying to touch your toes or lifting your arms to the ceiling is beneficial.
Exercise is one of the very best ways to combat pain because it releases endorphins and other hormones that will actually block your of feeling pain. Exercise is also a good way to stretch muscles to prevent and ease muscle tension as discussed above.
5. Practice mindfulness
Emotional tension can add and lead to physical pain which is why practicing mindfulness is incredibly helpful for easing pain. Mindfulness means living in the present moment, not worrying or thinking about the past or future, and in this way helps to alleviate worry associated with pain.
Practicing yoga kills three birds with one stone – you get the effects of exercise, stretch, and mindfulness – plus it will help you sleep better!
If you belong to a gym or club, consider jumping in on a yoga class. If you are shy then look up yoga videos online or download an app.
Know that you are certainly not alone if you suffer from aches and pains, and that there are definitely natural ways to cure and prevent pain without having to turn to medication or more drastic measures.