There are times when we have some control on how we react to pain. We can react in a way that re-frames out pain in that moment, such that it is not a negative experience at the time. We can in effect take what could be a bad day and make it into a good day. Not always easy to do, but it can happen.
In a work situation to help me with pain and stress I do this:
- I do not multitask. It has been show to be detrimental in all people, but with chronic pain when half the brain is thinking about pain, it is even more so. Your concentration is impaired. So I do not do it. One task at a time.
- I eat little snacks through the day to keep my blood sugar up and it helps with brain fog.
- I do a walk about the office every twenty minutes to reduce levels of pain from sitting too long
- I utilize a reference book I have made, so if I forgot something I can refer to it without being stressed out about it and trying to remember. (Although since I started back I have not had that, I have to go get it from the other branch... because I Need it).
- I use note taking. Reminders on my phone. In the system at work. It is less stressful to me to have ways to remember tasks I have going on. At work I use a tasks work sheet for tasks I have pending.
The fact of the matter is for better stability, bad pain day or good, it is better to stick to routines. With brain fog, concentration issues and pain routines can reduce a lot of stress on us. Focus on one thing at a time. Finish it move onto the next. Take reminder notes to yourself. Have a calender app you can plot things into. Keeping organized as you can really does benefit us. It takes a lot of the stress away on a bad day when things are already that much harder to accomplish.