Things I Must Do Daily
For those dealing with ongoing chronic pain issues. There are certain things we have to do daily. At least we need to do them in order to live our best life now. It takes awhile to learn how to live your new normal. While I’m way better than a year ago here are some things I have to watch everyday. These are keys to my healing and joy.
1.I must remember that regardless of how I feel my condition still exist.
2.I must believe with God’s help I can make it through anything.
3.I must watch closely what I eat and drink.
4.I must stay away from clear inflammatories such as caffeine and sugar as much as possible.
5.I must drink at least 80 plus ounces of water.
6.I must monitor closely my time exposed to unnecessary stress.
(Social Media, Ministry, or other activity)
7.I must get up and stay active. Staying in the bed too much does not improve my situation. I try to maintain consistency as much as possible.
8.I must avoid driving except when totally necessary. Sitting beyond a wheel can melt me in no time.
9.I must be honest about my pain and allow God to use it. Confession is a huge key to my healing and being able to help others.
10.I must stretch and keep my body used to movement.
11.I must prioritize my daily activity. I can’t just work harder anymore. Therefore I have to seek to work smarter.
12.I must avoid lifting anything heavier than a gallon of milk.
13.I must focus on the positive not the negative.
14.I must set alarms in order to take my medications 3 times a day.
15.I must get at least 7-8 hours sleep for my body to function at its best.
16.I must keep believing God has a greater purpose for all my pain.
17.I must keep eating plenty of fruits, veggies, nuts, beans and baked meats.
18.I must stay on top of my hunger so that I’m not as prone to eat things I shouldn’t.
19.I must do some level of exercise whether it be walking, physical therapy or both.
20.I must keep re-evaluating my approach daily and recognizing consistent trigger points.
21.I must realize that everyday won’t be perfect. But, one bad day doesn’t define my future.
22.I must keep renewing my mind with scripture and even God led music.
23.I must keep journaling my progress so I can fully recognize my progress.
24.I must embrace my limitations but not let them cloud my God expectations.
25.I must keep taking the next Faith led step.
These are just a few of the decisions that makeup my daily lifestyle of recovery.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7