Battling chronic pain and mental health together is one of the most difficult challenges those with chronic illness face.
Why is it necessary to fight victoriously when battling chronic pain and mental health together? Because we have no choice. It is a conflict that is not of our choosing, but we are here fighting none the less. Chronic pain wages a war of attrition on the condition of your mental well-being. Being in a constant state of affliction wears on the spirit, and grounds down the heart of even the strongest individuals.Chronic pain wages a war of attrition on the condition of your mental well-being. Click To Tweet
When we feel good and are at our best physically, the mind is at ease. I used to always say that I never really appreciated being healthy until I got sick. At the time I was referring to the simple colds and flus that quickly came and went. Common illnesses that were easily bounced back from.
Chronic pain is different. The very nature of ‘chronic’ is found in it’s state of lingering persistence. Pain in this ‘chronic’ form requires a well stocked arsenal . Weapons used in countless campaigns launched to combat against the discouragement of the heart and mind.
Here is a large part of the battle; accepting that there is one. Knowing that you are going to have fight to keep your head above water, and equipping yourself with what you need to endure the ‘low’ times, will create a mindset of preparedness and perseverance.
Life is not easy. It just isn’t. It has taken almost 50 years for me to come to terms with this fact, and start learning to deal with it. Not in a defeated, self-pitying way, but rather in a way of ‘acceptance’. Forgive me if this sounds cliché, but in I am learning to look at problems as ‘challenges’ that build the strength of my ‘character muscle’. A muscle that grows tougher as each challenge is overcome.
I am not trying to speak to anyone specific here. And there is absolutely NO JUDGEMENT from me as far as how someone may or may not be doing in their fight to balance mental health and chronic pain. I am simply writing what helps me, and if it helps you too, that would be my most ardent hope.
As always, no advice or writing here at ‘ALWR’ is EVER meant to take the place of professional medical advice. On the contrary, I ENCOURAGE you MOST EMPHATICALLY to seek out and take full advantage of all the professional medical help available to you. Use ALL the tools that are accessible, ESPECIALLY from those who are licensed and trained to deal with the problems of the mind and body.
Weapons of Victory Used In My Life of Battling Chronic Pain and Mental Health Together
Spiritual ~ I do not talk here often about my belief in God. Just telling people what I believe is not something I have ever felt the need to do. (If you are not attracted by the ‘something different’ in me, what good does it do to try to convince you of anything?) Just quoting the bible at people and saying ‘Praise The Lord’ after every sentence does nothing but ‘turn people off’ to the reality of who Jesus really is…more ‘Christians’ need to understand this). I know not everyone is a believer, and this is not meant to convert you. Just inform you of what is the most effective weapon I have in my arsenal; the dependance I have on the Israelite God and His Son.
Giving Of Yourself By Helping Others ~ Oh, this is a hard one. To quote Bilbo Baggins: “Why, I feel all thin, sort of stretched, if you know what I mean: like butter that has been scraped over too much bread.” But there is something cathartic in sharing the difficulties of someone else. It makes no common sense, but stepping into another’s pain and sharing their burden, can help to ease the heavy weight of our own troubles.
Professional Help Is An Option ~ There was a time in my life when I needed more than what I was able to get from reading books, and taking advice from other people. The things of my past were wrecking havoc on my life in the ‘present’; physically, relationally, emotionally, and mentally. I sought professional help, and it helped bring me to the level of health I am at today, and continues to keep me growing. (You can read more on this here)
Of course, almost all of you know that May 12 is Fibromyalgia CFS/ME Awareness day. But, May is also the Mental Health Awareness Month. In my life, these go hand in hand. Battling chronic pain and mental health together is hard, but so is everything else that creates beauty out of ashes. It takes a pressure of 725,000 pounds per square inch to create a diamond from a lump of carbon…’shine on Beautiful Ones, shine on!’
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