Hebrews 4:16 - Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Back and neck problems are seldom caused by a single injury. An activity is done the same way over and over, and then one event happens and you can’t bounce back from it.
That’s why you’ve heard stories of people rupturing a disk just by slipping on the bathroom floor or tripping over the sidewalk. The disk was already being slowly injured by doing things incorrectly, and then one more thing hit, the straw in the proverbial camel’s back, and the disk herniated.
Find some tips from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons to help reduce your risk of back pain and injury in their article, “Preventing Back Pain at Work and as Home,” such as positioning the person or object close to your body before lifting.
God will help us in our time of need, but we must be willing, as the Bible verse states above to approach God with confidence. Don’t just overdo your work and lift something too heavy for you. Ask God and he will send someone your way to help, because he cares about every area of our lives.
For more information and examples on preventing an injury, choose the link below.
Do you have any tips that you’d like to share with us about your experience with an injury or someone you know? I’d love to hear from you.
Hebrews 12:1 - Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
When it comes to energy conservation, the whole world is trying to use the planet’s resources in a wiser fashion. Gone are the days of large cars which guzzled gasoline and onto the road came hybrid vehicles which reduce oil consumption by using an electric motor and a conventional engine. The vehicles themselves are also smaller and are more energy efficient in this aspect.
In addition to reducing fossil fuel consumption through the vehicles we drive, energy conservation also applies to optional choices for powering homes and businesses. Some examples include wind turbines, solar power, geothermal, hydroelectric and creation of fuel using materials such as corn, which is ethanol.
So why did I just give you a lesson on energy conservation? I did so because there’s another type of energy conservation at work – our bodies.
More and more these days extra tasks have been loaded onto our backs, than perhaps any time in history. Working overtime, having two jobs, and balancing increased activities spent with our families. Our bodies can only take so much before they run out of fuel and break down.
So how do I manage to complete the job at hand while conserving my energy? I do things in bits and pieces of time.
Dealing with chronic pain and illness already reduces the energy I have available. Writing is not just tiring for your body. It also takes emotional energy to complete a project. I tend to feel overwhelmed trying to keep up with activities of daily living as well.
One way that I’ve found to conserve energy is I do things in bits and pieces of time. When I write, I don’t just sit down at my computer and write all day. I only have small windows of time that I feel up to tackling a task.
I have found that there are many benefits to only write in small bursts of time – it leaves me time to rest and relax between my writing shifts. I’ve found that this method frees up my mind and imagination. When I return to my computer, the words seem to flow from my mind and onto the paper. Though this method works great for me, others may find that they don’t have that luxury at work.
So here’s another thought: if you’re working on several projects at work, analyze which should take your top priority and then work in increments of one to two hours on one then one to two hours on the another.
When switching between projects (if allowed) take a ten to fifteen minute break and get up and walk outdoors or at least find a different location to unwind for a few minutes.
Both of these suggestions will provide a break for your mind and bring a fresh wind of ideas.
In addition, as the Bible verse above says when you break up your work into smaller bites you’ll be able to throw off the hindrances of physical and mental exhaustion and conserve energy for the tasks at hand.
Read the article on scotthyoung.com, “10 ways to Improve your Energy,” and find more ways to conserve your energy.
I’d love to hear from you on which steps towards energy conservation you’ve taken.
Job 8:21 - He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.
Did you know that seventy-five percent of our daily conversation is negative? It’s like instead of there being a “global warming,” instead we have a “global wining.” Everybody is finding reasons to be just plain grumpy.
If you center your focus on the negative you will feel the way you think. You start to look at how you suffer. We all know we will suffer at some point in our lives, so why do we practice?
For example, if you say throughout the day, “I’m so tired,” it won’t be long if you weren’t really tired before you will be now.
We can’t seem to even enjoy things these days. There are too many pessimists. Pessimists are accurate, but they don’t live as long as optimists.
Or then there are times when we someone asks us how we’re doing, and we answer, “I’m feeling fine.” So why don’t you tell your face your find? Take a look at this:
You ever wonder why zebras don’t worry? It’s because their whole life boils down to six seconds. A large lion starts his approach toward a zebra. The zebra lifts his head and senses the lion’s approach. Now he has six seconds in which he’ll either escape or become dinner. Humans tend to keep thinking about their worries and not act on them. This all adds to more stress and less laughter.
So why don’t we laugh? Why do we forget to enjoy ourselves? One big reason – the committee. I saw them coming. They were all loaded up in the mini-van. And they were coming to watch me.
We’re so worried about what others think of us. But if you really knew just how much people think about you, you’d realize that most people are too busy thinking about themselves to think about you, and you’d stop worrying about what other people think of you.
Just one more thing. Here’s an exercise prescribed by me.
Raise your eyebrows
Open your eyes
Hold your belly
Laugh hard for 30 seconds
Thirty minutes of laughter can produce 2-3 hours of pain relief.
Isn’t it time to enjoy life? The Bible verse above states that God will fill our mouth with laughter and joy. Laughter is a gift. Why not use it?
And as a bonus, laughter is documented to relieve pain. So get yourself a funny video to watch or go visit a friend who can make you laugh. You’ll get some much needed social interaction and you just might lift someone else’s load too.
Have some examples of ways you’ve discovered how to have more laughter in your life? We’d love to hear from you.
Exodus 36:2 - Then Moses summoned Bezalel and Oholiab and every skilled person to whom the LORD had given ability and who was willing to come and do the work.
Let’s pull out your resume.
On it you’ll find the skills you possess and where you’ve worked and developed those skills. You will also find a place to list any awards or achievements you’ve obtained. But don’t stop there.
Did you know that every day that you go on in spite of the pain is an achievement you’ve earned? No, you can’t write it on your employment resume, but you can write it on your heart. Then you can pull up that achievement and remind yourself that you’ve gone through difficult trials before and you can do so again.
Having a chronic pain or illness can seem like a punishment, not the grounds for an achievement. But, living in pain is an ability and you have work to do.
There are people who are looking for someone to understand them and point them towards hope. This is part of the reason why I have this website. It is here that someone can come and find encouragement to get them through another day. This can be your unique ability as well.
Let’s take a look at the Bible verse above. In it you see that God gave the ability to do the work.
You also have an ability locked inside. Whether that ability is job-related or pain, it’s God who gave you that ability. He chose you and wants to know if you’ll join him in the work that he is doing.
Yes, I know how this could sounds a little strange. A person may believe that God gave me pain so I’d follow him. But that’s not true. God doesn't allow things to happen in your life just to hurt you, but to show that his grace is enough. You just have to willingly come and ask for God’s guidance and that grace.
Below you’ll find a link to an article from WebMD on tips for living with chronic pain. Take a look at it and I’d love to hear what you think about it.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.