Parenting requires a lot of energy. When you’re suffering from chronic pain, it can be a struggle to give this energy, leading to stress and exhaustion, which only makes the pain worse. By learning to manage your pain and communicating with your kids, you may be able to make it easier to manage parenting with chronic pain. Here are just a few tips for managing parenting as a chronic pain sufferer.
Get the right pain relief
Nowadays there are so many different forms of pain relief for chronic pain. If you find that certain forms of pain relief make you too tired, it could be worth experimenting with other types of pain relief.
Clinics, such as this one in Lafayette, specialize in pain relief for chronic pain sufferers. You may be able to get injections for joint or muscle pain or you may even be able to get surgery to help ease the pain.
Meanwhile, there are a number of holistic treatments such as acupuncture and herbal remedies like turmeric for those that want a break from over-the-counter drugs. These may help with all types of chronic pain.
Allow yourself time to de-stress
Parenting is stressful and it’s important that you give yourself time at the end of the day to unwind. Stress can often make chronic pain worse, so it’s important to de-stress.
A hot bath is a great stress buster. This is a great way to relax in the evening before you go to bed, reducing the pain in order to help you sleep better. Exercise, meditation, and listening to music are other forms of stress relief that you can try. This guide at Bustle offers a few different ways to de-stress.
Help your kids to understand
If your children are still quite young, they may not understand your chronic pain. However, once kids start to reach the age of seven or eight, they’ll be able to empathize more and understand that certain activities may not be possible due to your pain. You should let your children help if they want and encourage them to do certain things independently, especially if you have no one else to care for them.
Get childcare assistance when necessary
Your partner, family, and friends may be able to help with some of the parenting if you are having an especially bad day. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Overexerting yourself could make the pain worse.
Also, research in-home care. This may even be provided by the state for free if your chronic condition is classed as a disability. Home care may prove useful for tasks such as cooking or cleaning, especially if you’re in terrible pain and have no-one else to rely upon.