No one ever said change was easy, but change is necessary.
When it comes to living a healthy, pain-free life, making simple changes to your everyday norm is the first step. Do you want to experience little to no pain when it comes to living with neuropathy? Of course. Whether it’s your feet, legs, hands or arms, the goal is to manage the nerve pain effectively and most importantly, in the healthiest way possible. To do this, it begins with you.
Consider the following lifestyle changes below. You can incorporate one or all to help improve nerve pain and live the best life for you.
What does stay active really mean? It can be as simple as walking to the mailbox, taking the stairs at work, parking your car just far enough to give yourself some time to catch your breath and take in the sights on the way to the market. Do your best to keep moving whenever and wherever you can. Try sitting up and down or stretching your legs out to the front and then to the back. If you feel up to it, go for a swim or take an aerobics class — both great for reducing nerve pain.
Be mindful of the food you consume. Nerve sensitivity can be aggravated by certain food sensitivities, including gluten. It’s strongly encouraged for patients living with nerve pain to take part in a gluten-free diet. Aim to eat 5 to 10 servings of colorful vegetables and fruits on a daily basis. Try to avoid foods such as pasta and bread, both filled with gluten.
It doesn’t get simpler than that. Laughter is the ultimate medicine to relive stress, improve memory and provide comic relief when needed the most. According to Dr. Lee Berk, associate professor at Loma Linda University School of Allied Health Professions, laughter has shown to improve the memory of adults in their 60s and 70s. Be sure to enjoy the little moments in life.
Talk It Out
How are you feeling today? Don’t be afraid to get together with friends, a pastor or even a counselor to talk about how your day is going or how you feel. Talking is a wonderful way to communicate your feelings, whether good or bad. When we talk to others, it can feel as if a heavy weight is lifted off our shoulders.
Learn to manage your stress from day-to-day. If you are overwhelmed at work or at home, take a minute to breathe. Feel free to step outside and go for a short walk. Don’t feel like you have to control everything. It’s okay to ask for help. Chronic stress can lead to a variety of ongoing health issues, including depression, anxiety, heart disease and high blood pressure.
The small steps you take today can lead to bigger results tomorrow. Your lifestyle choices can offer you a great life.