Self-Compassion for Chronic Pain
Chronic pain has a way of wearing people down. As I spend time with my heating pad and pain pills, it is hard to not let shame envelope me. I want to feel kindly toward my body, and stop resenting it.
Self-care means going through the motions, no matter the feelings. To view love as a verb, rather than just an emotion, brings healing within reach.
I can take care of a body I feel limited by. I can use my heating pad, rest, and use medications.
I can make doctor and therapy appointments, and I can ask for help.
I can give myself a hug, and admit this is really hard. I can breathe and cry.
I can talk to myself the way I do to those I love.
Self-compassion is a practice, and there is no better time to try it out than when stuck on a couch when I’d rather be on a trail. So practice, I will.