Proverbs 4:25 – Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.
Motivation. It’s a subject that I don’t always want to think about. I’d rather sit in the pool of “feeling sorry for myself” than to do something about my problem.
Some problems are solved simply by viewing your situation at a different angle. But when you have chronic pain, it’s a whole different story.
It’s easy to lose your motivation when you have chronic pain. It takes so much effort to get your body moving in the morning that you may decide to just stay in bed. But even staying in bed holds its own pain. You toss and turn trying to find a position where it doesn’t hurt, but for the most part it doesn’t matter which way you lay down, it still manages to keep you up all night.
This doesn’t mean that you don’t want to take part in life; it’s just that it hurts so much it’s hard to do so. But there are things that you can do, while living with chronic pain, that help you perform tasks in a way that won’t cause more pain and will open you up to find the motivation you’ve been looking for.
Everydayhealth.com’s article, “10 Everyday Tasks Made Easier,” shows you how to perform tasks such as making your bed by only flattening out the top bed sheet and putting a comforter on top of it; help with bathing and grooming such as putting a towel at the edge of the bathtub and swiveling in and out; and getting dressed such as eliminating shirts with buttons and hooks. There are other tips in the article that show you how to complete difficult tasks with minimal pain.
Now that you have some ideas on how to do things with minimal pain, perhaps you can have the courage to get out of your house more frequently. But remember to be careful, as the Bible verse above says, keep your focus straight ahead. Don’t turn back and keep reminding yourself of your past failures. Look forward. Then you’ll find yourself getting motivated and staying positive about your future.
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.