Being successful in pain self management means getting both help and support from others.
Ask your health care professional, friends, family and work colleagues about working more together - becoming a team.
Develop a pain self management plan. Find out if there are other support groups in your community you could join which could provide you with more self help management skills.
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- Pete Says:
- Back in my pain days I was very much a one-man-band. Building a good solid and positive team around me was really important. Today's team is quite small and mainly consists of my practice nurse who keeps an eye on asthma with me. Others in my team are buddies I have made at the local gym. View the video here for more about building a support team
- Frances Says:
- A team that supports you and guides your new way of living with more skills and tools is crucial. A team that helps you pick yourself up on a bad day and is really encouraging and kind and does not judge you.
- Bronnie Says:
- Letting other people be on your team means you can give to them as much as you receive. Being open to letting other people be there for you might mean feeling vulnerable at times, but it can also mean that others judge you less, and you often feel closer to them
- Linda Says:
- My family are the core of my support team. I'd started to exclude myself from the family activities and this made me miserable. We've now adapted as a family so we can still enjoy activities together. I focus on what I can do, rather on what I can't.
- Mike Says:
- Pain is a worrying and isolating experience. It’s essential to find people who will help guide you along your recovery journey. It might help to write a list of people who you’d like in your support team.