Make a Social Life, However Modest, to Help with Natural Pain Relief

By: Loolwa Khazzoom, Founder, Dancing with Pain

March 14th, 2011 • Mind-Body MedicinePrint Print

We all need love. Friends, hugs, caring voices on the other end of the phone. But for those with chronic pain and other forms of chronic illness, getting that love can be a challenge. We may be bedridden, flat broke, too sensitive to deal with crowds, or all of the above. Still, however you can get yourself a social life, make it a priority. Now matter how modest it is, it can help you with natural pain relief.

Why? Because our bodies function best when they are nourished and supported. And our bodies function worst when we are under stress – which often comes with isolation. Here are a few tips to consider in trying to get your ass out the door in the quest to round up some people:

  1. See if someone can drive you to and from an event and stay with you for the duration.
  2. Give yourself permission to sit in the back of the room, and give yourself permission not to meet anyone – takes the pressure off!
  3. Meet people over the internet, then meet them face to face at a café near your home. Just don’t tell them it’s near your home, to play it safe! And you can always lie about your name until you know someone is trustworthy.
  4. Make a circle of friends through online health communities, and really put in the effort to stay in touch with them – via social media and the phone.
  5. Ask your current circle of loved ones to bring over some people they think you will enjoy. That way your social life comes to you instead of you having to go to a social life!

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