The Pain Toolkit Quiz

#6 Be patient with yourself

Take things steadily. It may take you a few weeks or months to see changes or improvements.

When you start to feel good, you may want to catch up with activities that you may have let go of. Don’t be tempted to over do it otherwise your chances of yet another set back could increase.

A good saying is ‘take things one day at a time’. And also, ask for help and support from others - its not a sign of weakness but a sign of strength.

What The Experts Say

Pete Says:
I don’t know about you, but I'm not a patient person especially when it comes to managing my pain. Even when I finished my pain management programme, I expected instant results and it don’t really work like that. So learn to get patient. View the video here for more about being patient.
Frances Says:
Being patient is the top tool after acceptance, this is a really tough problem to manage. Being critical, doing negative talk in your mind about yourself or the pain actually makes it all worse. You would tell a friend with pain to be kind, be less critical and hard on themselves, so become your own friend. Patience allows you to see ways to manage pain better and learn how to be in control most of the time…. Use deep breathing to find your patience when you feel you are screaming with pain, anger or fear. It helps to press the pause button in the mind and reduce stress.
Bronnie Says:
We all have a natural rhythm of doing and not doing, both are equally important. Every step on the journey towards living the kind of life that feels right is one step further than you've been before. At the end of the day, check in with yourself and ask "Was I being the kind of person I want to be today?" This can be more rewarding even than achieving the goal.
Linda Says:
As I began to master self management, my pain levels declined and I got complacent. I was so cross with myself when I suffered a setback, but the important thing is that I learned from it. I'm my own worst critic but I'm learning to be kinder to myself.
Mike Says:
William Shakespeare once said, "Expectation is the root of all heartache." When it comes to recovery, most people think the road ahead is going to be smooth and easy. The truth is, the road to recovery contains the occasional pothole and a few mountains to climb. You’ll need to acclimatise like any mountaineer does.
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