When you live with pain, you are not the only one who is impacted. Your family and the ones you live with also experience it. As a leading pain management rehab centre, this is one learning we give to all patients.
Your loved ones want to be with you and help you feel less isolated as you experience pain. But chances are they don’t know how to help you. With that in mind, we give you some ways to share your experience of pain with your near and dear ones and let them in.
- Expand their knowledge.
The best way to understand what a person is going through is by educating yourself. So, the trick is to share articles, books, videos, or anything else that talks about the challenges you face every day. Better yet ask your family to come along on your next doctor session.
- Find a shared activity.
It is when you build stronger bonds that you can comprehend each other better. To create a healthy relationship, you need to find an activity that you share with your family. It could be a hobby or something simple like a movie night. The goal is to find a pursuit that everyone enjoys. If your range of movement is limited and sports is out of the question, why not go on slow walks or host a board game night?
- Communicate your feelings.
When you are in chronic pain, it is just simpler to not engage with others and close off. That is not the right path. It may take an effort to start a dialogue with your family, but the strong bond and educative steps will make it easier. For those who feel a deliberate instinct to isolate, the goal should be to chalk out a plan with specific times for a chat.
Spend a reasonable time to converse with your family. Talk about the challenges you face due to the pain and also about what is going on with others. It will help you truly connect.
- Use deliberate expressions.
While verbal communication is a great way to let others in, our facial expressions play an important role too. Non-verbal cues can sometimes speak louder than words. The aim here is to make deliberate expressions that tell those around you that you want to mingle or connect.
Simple things like frequent eye contact or a smile here or there can go a long way. But remember, do not hide your genuine feelings or show a false façade. If you are in pain, it is okay to grimace. But show your family it is because of pain and not because you don’t feel like having a conversation.
These are straightforward strategies that will help you share your pain experience with others and strengthen relationships.