L - LEARN ABOUT PAIN AND RECOVERY
When you are working on recovering from injury or illness and learning about managing pain, it helps to have a good understanding of how both pain and the recovery process work. Knowledge is power!
WHAT ARE SOME THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT PAIN AND RECOVERY TO HELP ME COPE?
Managing pain or illness will always be about a bunch of strategies you put together. No one strategy is powerful enough on its own. Think of it as a jigsaw puzzle, with each puzzle piece being a strategy. If you snap enough pieces of the puzzle into place, you can see the picture.
Don’t use pain, as it is often the poorest measure of recovery. Pain can last beyond the point in which you have stepped back into your usual activities. Instead, look for any sign of something you can do more of or can do differently one week to the next. It doesn’t matter how small.
Can you lift one more pound? Walk two more minutes? Do you have more energy at the end of the day? Did you accept a social invitation you wouldn’t have a week earlier? Can you pull one more weed in your garden?
As long as there is even the smallest improvement, you’re heading in the right direction. Take encouragement from that.