Making Healthy Lifestyle Choices Can Help Manage Your Pain
2020 is officially here, which means a new year AND a new decade. The start of a new year is often a time of reflection and committing to bettering ourselves and learning from any missteps we’ve made over the last year. The fact that we also happen to be entering into another decade this year is extra special. But this time of year can also be challenging. It is easy to get wrapped up in the idea of making new year’s resolutions, but it is essential to set realistic expectations for yourself. Think of it this way – if you are more pragmatic about the goals you’d like to achieve in the coming year, you can celebrate when you meet them and more. But many people struggle with living up to their resolutions a few weeks or months into the new year, causing self-criticism and unhealthy negative thinking.
At Texas Partners Healthcare Group, we strive to educate our clients and give them the tools and knowledge to stay healthy and happy. We thought it would be a perfect time to help you create a pain management plan for 2020. This plan is for everyone – whether you are suffering from chronic SI joint pain, sciatica, another condition, or if you are healthy and want to stay that way. It is important to remember that everybody is different, and no two people’s pain management plans will look alike. Find what works for you and don’t over commit. Taking care of yourself and getting healthy shouldn’t be stressful or all-consuming.
One of the biggest trends of 2019 was self-care — a testament to how critical listening to your body is. For many people – healthy and sick alike – rest should be at the top of your resolution list. This may not seem like a big deal or something that will help you in the coming year, but it is. People who are always on-the-go and don’t take time to relax and recuperate are at a higher risk of getting sick or injured.
There are little changes you can make to take back your health, and we can help. If you are in pain, taking pain medications isn’t always the best answer. They can be detrimental to your health and shouldn’t be your first treatment option, if possible. The Texas Partners Healthcare Group team is here to answer your questions and will help you find which therapies, techniques, or treatments will help you meet your health and wellness goals in 2020.
Tips for Staying Healthy in 2020
Every January, millions of go-getters set intentions and goals they’d like to achieve in the coming year. Maybe the last year didn’t go as planned, and you were met with a host of challenges, or perhaps you had a better year than expected. Whichever side you are on, it is essential not to get carried away with your 2020 resolutions. It is unrealistic to think you can change everything all at once, and this contributes to a lot of New Year’s resolution disappointment.
With that in mind, here are a few tips to get you on the right track in 2020:
- Be physically active for at least 30 minutes each day – A little goes a long way! You can break these 30 minutes into increments of 10, or whatever works for you. You don’t have to go to the gym for an hour every day to stay healthy. Move your body however you wish, whether it’s walking, running, dancing in the kitchen, yoga, hiking, or another activity you enjoy.
- Eat a well-balanced diet – You don’t have to eat salad for every meal to stay fit. Eat what foods work best for you and make you feel good. If possible. Try to adopt a low-fat diet full of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Don’t beat yourself up if you ‘cheat’ from time to time.
- Get enough sleep – The old adage “sleep when you’re dead” can be quite damaging. We cannot overstate the importance of getting enough sleep. When you are tired, it can disrupt your life in many ways, including reducing your physical health and mental performance.
- Stop smoking
- If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation
- Avoid processed junk food
- Take care of your gut
- Stay hydrated
- Avoid bright lights before you go to bed
- Reduce screen time
- Reduce sugar intake
- Take care of your relationships with friends, family members, and co-workers
Set a Realistic Pain Management Plan
The key? Set realistic expectations for yourself. Approximately 13 percent of Americans set a goal of exercising more, which is the most common resolution of any. In January alone, gyms and yoga studios all across the country see an increase in memberships and attendance. Unfortunately, this starts to peter out soon after the first month of the year has come and gone. Instead of shooting for gold and holding yourself to expectations that become impractical, start small and go from there. Furthermore, if you are living in chronic pain, going to the gym every day and losing those extra five pounds may not be an option. You need to get healthy before you can commit to any kind of wellness plan, and we are here to help you do just that by helping you create an effective pain management plan.
Overcome Chronic Pain in the New Year
When you are suffering from a chronic condition or ailment, you must do everything you can to get healthy. Again, this looks different for everyone. However, incorporating rest into your plan no matter your age and health is a MUST. If you are in pain, there are many different non-invasive and beneficial pain relief techniques that can help:
- Stem cell therapy
- Consider turmeric to reduce inflammation and joint pain
- Ketamine injections
- Physical therapy
- Hot and cold therapy
- Adopt a diet of inflammation-fighting foods
- Nerve block treatments
Making a few simple changes can go a long way in helping you get – and stay – healthy. If you are in pain going into 2020 and aren’t sure what to do to find relief, give Texas Partners Healthcare Group a call today. We want to help you live a healthier life and can assist you in creating a pain management plan that works for you. For some, this means walking 45 minutes, five days a week, or going to physical therapy once a month. For others, getting relief from pain may come in the form of stem cell therapy. Regardless of the medical condition you suffer from, we are here for you.