Admitting that you need help is one of the hardest parts of life. You want to do your own grocery shopping, run your own errands, complete all your tasks at home and take care of cleaning around your house and caring for your family. When you suffer from chronic pain, you find that you just can’t do it all on your own anymore. Having a supportive network of family and friends can make dealing with your pain a little easier.
Vent Your Frustrations
Writing in a journal is a good way to vent the frustration that you feel about your pain, but there are only so many times that you can sit down and write before that too will frustrate you. You will likely feel angry that you can’t do the things you want to do, but you might feel anxious about dealing your pain and even irritated or depressed. The network of family and friends that you surround yourself with gives you another way to vent your frustrations. Those relatives and friends will listen to you complain and cry without judging you. Make sure that you avoid putting too much on one single person to keep your relationships intact.
Get Help When You Need It
Though you might not want to admit it, you will eventually need some help. Some chronic pain sufferers need someone willing to cook dinner for their family, do their grocery shopping or pick their kids up from school. When you have a large network of loved ones, you have a group of people who care about your needs. They can run errands for you, do tasks around your house and offer other types of help when you need it. Some of those in your network might even work together to clean your house and do projects outside. The next time that a flare up occurs or your chronic pain returns, you’ll love knowing that someone you care about is there to handle the hard jobs for you.