The journey to healing from chronic pain may seem daunting. There are many different limitations and lifestyle changes that come with a decision to get better. If the voice in your head is telling you that the processing of healing is too difficult, remember this:
It’s a lot easier to make these lifestyle changes than it is to not be able to walk (or sleep, or stand up strait, or whatever aspect of your life is affected by the pain).
Your pathway to recovery might involve eliminating certain foods that cause your condition to flare-up. Turning down food from others can be difficult, so have an answer for family members who offer you food at family gatherings.
Rather of eating the entire meal as a way to accept the love that went into preparing it, take responsibility for your recovery and instead say, “I’m sorry. I really want to eat this and I know that you lovingly prepared that for me, but I’m on a new eating plan and it would really harm my health if you ask me to eat it.”
If you are caring for a loved one in chronic pain, be conscious of this on their behalf, as well. Avoid putting your loved one in a situation that might cause a flare-up of pain and be ready to help diffuse a pain-inducing situation, should one present itself.