1 Peter 4:12 - Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.
In my previous post, I discussed the physical and emotional warning signs of a flare-up. This post will discuss how to be prepared ahead of time so that you can quench the flames before the fire gets out of control.
Below are some suggestions. Chose something from each category so that you’ll be ready in any situation:
Relaxation Breathing Use pillows
Lay down Change your position
Relaxation Heat or ice
Take a bath Medications
Massage Tens Unit
Isolate yourself Go to a comfortable place
Cognitive or thinking
Distraction Stay busy
Setting limits Humor
Someone to be with you Coach
Have someone hold you Call someone
Put together a plan using the above situations. The plan will allow you to feel more confident as you go throughout your day. You’re free now to live your life to the fullest in spite of the flare-ups.
Just remember the Bible verses above. Don’t be surprised by the fiery trials which you go through. It’s not something strange or new. You’re not the only one who’s going through this right now, and there are many more that have already made it successfully through the pain.
Draw strength from those around you, and be ready to share what works for you with those who are weaker and just beginning the journey through their valley of pain.
If you’ve found some tips that have helped you through past flare-ups, share it with us now. I look forward to hearing from you.
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.