Slide 2: Often, it is easier for us to handle the stress through natural methods that it is for us to be able to deal with the pain. Fortunately, as we reduce the amount of stress that we are feeling we often are able to reduce the amount of pain that we are feeling, right along with it. That is why it is so important for us to handle the stress and to make sure that we are living a life that is as calm as possible, particularly if we are dealing with chronic pain.
I try to start my day out every morning by taking care of myself and the first hour of my day is mine alone. I start by getting a little bit of exercise and then drinking a large glass of water in order to replenish the water that was lost during the night. I also take a little bit of time to sit and meditate, contemplating pleasant thoughts which will help me to take my mind off of any stress or pain that may be present.
This has a twofold effect for me. First of all, it helps me to alleviate any of the stress that I am feeling at that particular time and it gives me the opportunity to head it off before it is able to take control of my day. Secondly, the meditation and care that I give to myself for the first hour of the day goes a long way in giving me the strength to manage my stress successfully.