Step 7: Establish Regular Goals to take control of your pain.
Setting realistic goals is an essential step in taking control over your pain. It is important to set regular targets in order to achieve results. Make your targets simple and realistic-something you know you can accomplish. Being too optimistic and setting your goals too high will result in failure. Failure may trigger fear and depression.
Set short and long term goals. If you would like to return to work within three months, identify what going back to work will entail. Will you have to stand for 4 hours or sit for 8 hours? Achieve your long term target by accomplishing short term goals along the way.
The secret to successfully accomplishing your goals is to challenge yourself without crashing and burning. By gradually pushing yourself to accomplish new goals, you will improve your quality of life and your self-esteem.
These are a few examples of goals individuals may wish to work on.
- Decrease my reliance on pain medications.
- Improve my general health through exercise and diet.
- Improve my attitude.
- Practice regular relaxation techniques.
- Find more ways of distracting my mind away from focusing on pain.
- Find more effective ways of dealing with my anger.
- Improve my relationships with friends and family.
- Find a job that is more compatible with my physical limitations.
- Seek help for feelings of sadness, depression, or hopelessness.