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Stress often increases levels of pain, so staying on track with top-level projects will help manage both your stress and pain levels. Not only will this help you become more focused and productive, but it will also prevent long-term pain. 4. Take exercise breaks.

This is a very important part of dealing with pain at work. 1. Take regular breaks and stay hydrated. Living with chronic pain at work can be taxing, and taking regular breaks ensures that the body stays in motion while giving muscles. Take breaks.

Use regular breaks as a way to bring your pain management practices into the workplace. If getting up and stretching helps your chronic pain, be sure to. 5. Keep your workspace clear and clean. A cluttered desk is a symptom of a cluttered mind, and clearing both will keep you organized, decrease your stress levels and help you finish your work more efficiently. As mentioned above, lower stress levels often correlate with lower pain levels, so this is crucial if you have chronic pain.

The best thing you can do when it comes to managing chronic pain in the workplace is to be realistic about your expectations and steadfast with your self care plan. A comprehensive self care plan includes managing your physical pain. To celebrate the release of my new book, How To Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness: A Mindful Guide, I’ve made a list of 20 tips to help with the health challenges all us. 25 Chronic Pain Management Tips (In More Detail) 1.Get A Good Nights Sleep. The results of a study conducted in late 2017 by the Pain Research and Treatment Journal, showed that about a quarter of chronic pain.

As pain psychologist Ted Jones, PhD, points out in The 5 Coping Skills Every Chronic Pain Patient Needs, how patients think about their pain is critical to success. “Catastrophizing”—telling yourself that your pain is the worst pain. Talk with your co-workers about your pain so they can understand and possibly assist you in your efforts to manage your pain on the job. Time your medications. Try adjusting the timing of your medications to increase the level of pain relief at certain times of your work day, or to avoid experiencing unwanted side effects (e.g. sleepiness) at work. Living with chronic pain is challenging. It can interfere with your ability to do everyday activities such as going to work, taking a walk, or playing with your children.

Incorporating lifestyle changes can help ease your daily pain level. See our 5 tips for helping to manage your chronic pain.

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For example, if you work at a desk all day, there are specific behaviors you can engage in to increase your workplace wellness such as providing lumbar support, using the rule of 90 degrees, and ensuring a proper line of sight (Meghji, 2007).

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Ask the client to set a comfort-function goal by selecting a pain level on the selfreport tool that will allow performance of desired or necessary activities of daily living with relative ease (e.g., ambulation, self-care) or achieve acceptable quality of life.

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Relieving pain, answering questions, exercising manual dexterity, being confided in, working on a professional team, solving puzzles, and experiencing the role of a trusted authority—these are not at all bad ways to spend part of one’s day at work.

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  • Hi Brian, great video and tips again. Thanks a lot for this.

    I’m already working over 10 years from home, with very remote teams and wanted to add some comments on this one.

    Super important to me are: routines, workspace, regular work connections, and family agreements

    Not only morning routing is important but all-day routine. My work routines have changed over the years

    build in breaks and leisure routines. Sometimes also not predicted. Add them in your agenda.

    super important is a designated space

    And an agreement with the rest of the family/friend, when they can disturb and when certainly not, and how.

    My 2 cents

  • Thank you so much. Everything you said was just about spot on to the struggle I live with. I have had chronic pain for most of my adult life. I have been diagnosed over and over with depression when the reality is the pain is paralyzing and the depression is a symptom NOT the cause.

  • Something that I’ve found helps me with the to-do lists is to include more mundane things that you have to do/ would do normally anyway like taking your meds, eating, bathing, etc. so that way you can check things off of your list and feel like you’re making progress without having JUST the big responsibilities and commitments or chores on your list where then you don’t know where to start. Sometimes I’ll even put something on my list and check it off retroactively (like I’ll mark that I need to wash my hair after I’ve already done it) so that way I don’t put too much pressure on myself to do it if I’m not sure if I’ll have the energy to, but I still feel accomplished when/if I do.

  • I really loved this and appreciated it so much. Thank you for making this! I am saving it so I can have it as a reminder whenever I forget some of the things you mentioned:)

  • Just saw this video mentioned on Emily XR Pan’s IG account. I’ve had migraines since I was 16, but in October 2016 (my mom died) my migraines went chronic and neck pain came along for the ride. It’s super hard to write when you can’t brain. I take a ton of different supplements b/c the preventative meds always just make me feel crappy. It’s also hard b/c most people really don’t understand. <3

  • I felt this sooooo deeply. This is super great advice. As someone with similar issues, I’m going to take your advice to heart. Sometimes I find it hard to be kind to myself and take it easy on bad pain days and it just makes me frustrated and angry so I end up pushing through and suffering worse for it later, but you’re right. We’ve got to be realistic about what we’re truly capable of when dealing with chronic pain.

  • Thanks for this video. I suffer from generalised anxiety disorder and major depressive disorder. My doctor is also referring me to a neurologist as she also thinks I have chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia. With 2 kids to look after and a job to go to, I really needed these tips! I have been off work for the past month due to a flare up of my symptoms and am finding it so hard to get anything done. I find going for a walk by myself and yoga to be helpful!

  • I can completely relate to ALL of this.
    Fibromyalgia…. I describe it to people as “Being tortured day in and day out, for the rest of your life”

    I get told CONSTANTLY I need to just exercise more. It’s all my weight.
    But that’s not what’s going on. Yea I know my weight adds to the pain because its more strain on my body. But that’s not WHY.
    I was a SUPER active kid. I did all kinds of sports. Biking, Rollerblading, Skate boarding, Climbing trees, buildings, fences, practically parkour like activity I did so much crazy shit.
    And I was still experiencing all these things. (Though at the time it had just started popping up so it was at a milder level then it is now)
    The weight is more of a result of the pain + limited ability to do things as I got older.
    My first huge flare/down fall in health, occured when I was being really active and even happy (As I also have depression/anxiety).
    I was working at a petstore, training to be a dog trainer (Big life time dream of mine), was active training dogs and going on walks/bike rides with the dog for excercise almost daily. My job at the pet store included physical activity all day. So It’s not like I was being lazy when things PLUMMETED down hill.

    I am lucky enough to have an amazing spouse, who has been there for me through all the flares and down hill steps in my health.
    To the point where I havn’t had a legitimate job for 4 years. They’ve been supporting me. I do art here and there for some income help but otherwise they are now supporting me and allowing me to really limit/control how much strain I put on my body now.
    Which I couldn’t before. I HAD to do things and it was destroying me.
    Ever since i’ve been out of work and the spouse has been supporting me, I have improved. Not in the since that the pain has gone away. Its still completely there.
    But I have WAYYY less flares. The fog has subsided tremendously in its quantity. When im able to do more I do more, and when I can’t I don’t have to.
    It does make me feel a lot of guilt for not being able to contribute more to the relationship and the financial stability of things.
    But at the same time im incredibly greatful and appreciative that I Have a spouse who is ok with the fact that I can’t. Because it really has helped me a lot.
    I was getting to a point before where I didn’t want to continue living through the pain. But now I am living and enjoying life and happy with my spouse and have figured out, mostly, how to work around my pain and limitations.
    I can take a shower and take a nap after if I need to, because its an exhausting task. Or I can do a chore or two, what im able to manage, and then not do anything else the rest of the day because that was my limit. Or I can choose not to do anything all day, because I know I want to cook dinner for the spouse and if I do anything else before then I wont have the energy to cook.

    All in all. I loved being able to hear all this. I seriously relate to it. Thank you. <3

  • I’m struggling right now because I really want to pursue theatre but I cannot do classes in person and being blind adds an even larger hurdle to that. Not to mention the cost is impossible to handle when on a fixed income. And the organization that was allowing me to go to school without having to worry about student debt is an organization that helps people with vision problems go back to school or help them get jobs. Which is great when not really having to worry about other physical problems but they prefer and want their clients to do in person classes and it has been proven that I cannot physically and mentally handle doing so. Sorry, this was not supposed to be a rant comment. Would just love to pursue theater but it’s not a thing that is really able to be done online, not to mention the cost:-(

  • 1.getting up at same time every morning
    2.getting dressed as it leaves a psychological effect on your mind
    3.establish a certain place where you are supposed to work for a particular office time period while working from home
    4.take proper breaks eg.follow pomodoro technique (50-10 principle)
    5.oops i forgot

  • Thank you for this. I’m a single (for ten years) working parent of three children working as a teacher, so the amount of work I do outside of the hours I get paid for is considerable. I’m also studying my bachelors of education from home part-time. I suffer from ongoing anxiety and panic attacks, as does my youngest child (worse than me these days). I also have IBS. My youngest and eldest children both have sensory processing disorder, which presents itself in very different but significant ways for each of them. My eldest has a speech delay and learning difficulties due to his SPD mainly being auditory. My youngest throws up a fair bit (when he was little it was three or four times a day) and struggles around food smells due to his SPD mostly being olfactory.

    I have a job roster on the fridge for the children. They each have one designated kitchen job and room of the house to tidy each night so, for example, one child might have the job of unloading the dishwasher and making sure the back entrance is tidy on their day. The jobs only take them ten minutes at most, but it keeps the house presentable and ensures I have a clean kitchen to cook in when I get home from work.

  • Hey, Izzy nice video. You did a good job explaining some great tips for balancing out activities so you don’t overdo it. By, the way I’m a new subscriber…I’m viewer of Hannah channel and I just finished watching your collaboration video with Hannah. I have two dogs and when I’m stressed out I spend time talking, petting and playing with them…it makes me feel a lot better. It’s good you have your two beautiful cats to comfort you. What is your cats name and are they boy or girl cats? Izzy, I take short naps doing the afternoon hours this help me get my second energy. Some of my family members don’t understand why I take naps but, I need my rest when I feel the need to (or) I’m extremely tired and I can’t push myself anymore. Thanks for the tips I will be using a few of them to help me cope with life better. Take care and have a great day!!! ☺☺

  • Thanks for the tips, this was something I really struggled with the last couple days. I have some very important deadlines that I need to meet so I really gotta get out of this. I am going to give myself a little bit of a break today since I had to do a gastric emptying study, but tomorrow I am going to start trying some of these things. I tend to procrastinate a lot especially when I don’t feel well. So thanks for the tips.

  • Once again, perfect timing Sarah:) me and my boys are unwell, house is a mess and there it is your good advices, right on time… Thank you so much, lots of love from Poland (where it’s freezing by the way).

  • This was So good Sarah!! I loved how you touched on all types of “illness” and I love all your tips for still managing a household in the midst of such things…I think that when people are dealing with illness and feel they can’t keep the house going, it just makes you feel all the worse for it, so being able to deal with illness and have a system so you maintain your home is so great! I LOVE that you used Minimalism as one of you best tips! It is SO true!!! Its one of my many reasons for being a minimalist!
    I don’t have a chronic illness but I do have a debilitating spinal disorder that causes me almost daily pain, sometimes its mild others I am on the couch for days. Eventually I will need surgery to correct the many issues. Looking at me you would never know anything was wrong, but look at my xrays and they tell a diff story. It causes extra fatigue at times as well. So being minimal has helped me deal with my stuff now, and manage what I bring in for the future for when I can’t physically sort and deal with it all. I have even had to stay on top of a zone cleaning routine to help so I don’t cause myself extra pain by trying to do the whole house in one day, BUT minimalism and not having SO much stuff to dust or wipe around, makes those cleaning jobs so easy!!
    Thanks for sharing this! Another great video as always!!

  • My top tip is to meal prep in the morning, I am too tired in the evening and it creates many kitchen accidents. I meal prepped today for the next three days just in case I don’t feel well. I pre plan all my meals ahead.if time.

  • A day should start off with the productive routine. That makes you productive all day long and you want to accomplish a little more through out the day.
    Everyone has a daily routine to follow but it depends that the routine you follow how effective it is. Is it productive or non productive.