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How To Set SMALL Goals When You're In Pain?

How To Set SMALL Goals When You're In Pain?

Having dealt with back & neck pain plus Depression for 2 years Im trying to motivate myself to set SMALL goals
For example
my biggest motivation right now is losing weight so I've decided to set small goals by treating my daily workouts like they are a "JOB" .
My first small goal is to get out of bed every single morning brush my teeth , take a bath ,get dressed , comb my hair. Then do some type of exercise by 9 am.
This may not seem like a big goal but I became so sick that I could… read more

A MyChronicPainTeam Member said:

Hi,i too had isolated myself and became very down and only looked forward to when my grandaughters came to visit or stay ,i found that they motivated me and brang me so much joy lifted my spirits and it made me realize no matter how much pain i was in i had to start thinking positive again and take small steps to change the way my mind was thinking as my thoughts were causing stress which then caused my body to react to the stress which then made more pain and it was a vicious circle repeating itself,stress can make our bodies do the strangest things and alter your mindset ,talking to your own brain and setting small challenges for yourself can have positive feedback to the brain and slowly it resets it thoughts and pattern and you become more concious of the things you can do and not the things you can't do,i started seeing an excercise physiologist and she taught me that small steps once a day maybe 4 days a week is the best way to start and then slowly increase it when you feel you can achieve more,i hope this helps you to keep motivated you have already taken the biggest step and that was starting the change so good on you,wishing you and your family a happy festive season .xxxxx

posted over 3 years ago
A MyChronicPainTeam Member said:

I think holding out on doing what I normally do or what I want to do
until I do something useful . If I just nap or lay with my phone i won't do anything Making myself earn my phone or TV time is the only way 4 me

edited, originally posted over 3 years ago
A MyChronicPainTeam Member said:

I make small goals too. Like bathing, brushing teeth and hair...very difficult and my husband has to help me. I do laundry in small loads so I can carry them to wash and dry. Standing or walking for long periods of time are not viable, so my goal is to go with my husband shopping and use a store scooter. I can't help very much but at least we are together. A major goal for me is to find one thing that I can work on even if it is just getting out of bed that day.

posted over 3 years ago
A MyChronicPainTeam Member said:

I find it helpful to set a 30 min timer. I do what I can in those 30 min...when the time is up I reset it if I feel ok or I rest for an hr if pain starts to increase and then repeat. This helps a lot most days.

If I feel a pity party starting I begin writing in my journal focusing on gratitude, I list as many positives as I can to focus on.

🙏

posted over 3 years ago
A MyChronicPainTeam Member said:

I can only do small things on hard days but at least I try and that makes me feel better

posted about 3 years ago
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