The effects of pain can be more than physical.
If you or a loved one is experiencing long term pain, it can put stress on the brain, which can contribute to cognitive issues such as low mood, depression and anxiety. Here are some strategies that can help lessen the stress of pain:
- Do things you enjoy it can help to shift focus to the activity and less on the pain
- Improve your sleeping patterns
- Build knowledge of chronic pain to lessen the hear that the pain is causing more damage
- Practice mindfulness – to recognise unhelpful thoughts and replace them with a mindset that will help improve your mood.
Also talk to our pharmacists about a simple mouth swab DNA test which can help narrow down which pain medications are likely to best work for your body. We are open late 7 days with experienced pharmacists available on the floor to talk with you about your pain management plan.