It is easy to fall in the path of depression when we have chronic pain. How can one be struggling with all daily chores, not being able to work or perform any duty of interest and not be depressed? Difficulty with sleeping, family issues, sleep disturbances and many more are among challenges we have when we deal with chronic pain. So if it is a natural path to get depression with chronic pain, then how can we change the course and find some peace? Here is an exercise that has worked for me and I would like to share it with you. There are many others that we can talk about later but this one comes first in my list: Pick up a pen and paper each day and write five things that you like about your life. It can be things that seem simple or ordinary but you like them. In my case, the fact that I am still alive is one because I know there are many who would have liked to be alive today and are not. If you have only one good family member, relative, friend or pet mark it down. If you were good in your life for anything and you experienced the feel of being there, or anything else you liked or like right now, mark it down and then read them. Do this each day and I promise you in a few weeks you will see that your outlook to life has changed. Your brain gets used to focusing on the positive points and you pass by negativity without being affected by it.
Let us try it together this time.