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Next Call: November 2, 2017 from 1:30 – 2:30pm EST; Evening Call is November 9 from 7 – 8pm EST
Follow Up from Nov. 2 call. The article below identifies 11 companies currently hiring remote workers for part-time, freelance, temporary or flexible positions. The website is The Mighty & they have articles on dealing with pain/illness.
Topic: Tips for Enjoying the Holidays with Chronic Pain
* Set realistic expectations for yourself as you are today.
* Don’t overdo even if you feel well. Pick one function to attend rather than committing to too many gatherings.
* Rest before you go out to someone’s house. Rest the next day.
* Bring your heating pad, ice packs, and pillows wherever you go and use them.
* Ask for help decorating, cooking, wrapping; it’s more fun doing these activities with others.
* Set limits with friends and family. Practice saying “no” and say “no” when someone asks you to do something did you know will cause you extra pain.
* Pay extra attention to diet and sleep.
* Fill your prescriptions early and take extras with you so you won’t be caught without them.
* Set a reasonable budget. Make your life easier by shopping on the Internet.
* Be aware that holidays can be emotionally difficult for some, and this may reduce your available energy. Tolerance levels may decrease.
* Create new rituals that accommodate your pain or disability.
* Create a “how you can help me” list for others for example “If I look unwell, remind me to sit down, bring me an ice pack…”
* Focus on appreciating the small things. It’s okay just sit back, listen to music and watch everyone while you enjoy the moment.
* Look closely at old patterns and reevaluate what you truly need to accomplish during this time.
* Reframe having to slow down because of your pain. Look at it as an opportunity to focus and appreciate what is truly important.
Adapted from Making the Invisible Visible, Book by G. Herman and L. French
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PainConnection Live is scheduled for the first and second Thursdays of the month. Register with the link at the bottom of this page! It’s free.
In the calls, the leader often refers to a book written about pain management. This book, Making the Invisible Visible, has valuable information for people with chronic pain, their families and providers. It is an excellent resource for how to navigate the challenges of chronic pain. Order Making the Invisible Visible for $25 plus shipping.
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The Pain Connection Live Conference Call is led by Gwenn Herman, LCSW-C (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) and Founder and Executive Director of Pain Connection, a US Pain Foundation program.
Each Call will have a topic dealing with different ways of coping with chronic pain and developing new skills. Participants have the option to discuss the topic or remain silent. Breathing techniques and guided imagery will be taught in the last 15 minutes of each call.
Pain Connection Live is open to people with chronic pain, family members, significant others, health care professionals and concerned individuals. Please respect each person’s right to express their feelings.
Afternoon calls are held on the first Thursday of the month from 1:30 – 2:30 PM EST.
Evening calls are held on the second Thursday of the month from 7:00 – 8:00 PM EST.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-910-2462.