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5 Tips To Help Combat Chronic Pain + Make A Magical Unicorn Pill Container
If you deal with chronic pain like I do, you know that some days are worse than others. Whether you suffer from chronic pain due to an injury or illness, you just want the pain to stop. When I was a kid, I used to wake up in the middle of the night with agonizing pain in my knees and feet. Initially, the doctor suggested that my troubles were due to simple “growing pains” but later in my teen years, I discovered my pain was due to osteoarthritis.
In my adult life, I’ve been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and multiple sclerosis. Fun, right? Each condition creates a different type of pain in different areas of the body. Whether the pain is burning, throbbing, stabbing, pulsating, fire-like, or achy, I’ve learned a few basics to help me combat the pain.
5 Tips To Help Combat Chronic Pain
Did you know that our muscles have a tendency to tighten up whenever we experience pain? Whenever the joints in my knees are hurting I find that the muscles surrounding my kneecap are tight and constricted. As a result, I start and end each day with gentle stretching in my problem areas. Try it. It really helps.
Although yoga involves stretching, there’s more to it than that. Yoga helps me relax my mind and body which helps reduce stress. In turn, this helps reduce my overall pain. Currently, yoga is the only exercise I can tolerate but that’s fine by me because it keeps me limber and helps reduce my pain.
3. Over the Counter Products
From oral pain relievers to topical pain-reducing creams, sometimes you need help taking the edge off. Whatever you use, make sure you follow the dosing directions.
4. Dietary Supplements
If you enter the word “vitamins” in our blog’s search box, you’ll get a list of posts touting the benefits of taking vitamins and minerals. Not only do I feel better when I take my vitamins regularly but I also experience less pain. I recently added a new dietary supplement to my regimen: Curamin® Stop Pain Now.
I found Curamin® at my local Whole Foods store in the dietary supplements aisle. Although I’m always cautious about adding another pill to my daily regimen, I had little fear about incorporating a safe and non-addictive herbal pain formula. Curamin® Extra Strength combines clinically proven curcumin and Boswellia to create a product that has been recognized throughout the natural foods industry for pain relief.
After three weeks of consistent daily use, I can understand why Curamin® is the number one selling brand. Much to my surprise, there was a noticeable decrease in my overall pain level. Apparently, Curamin® isn’t one of those dietary supplements that mask the pain. It goes straight to the source and works on those painful muscles and joints.
5. Hobbies and Taking Time To Relax
There are some people out there who feel guilty about taking “me time.” I’m not one of those people. Overall, my mind and body feel better when I take the time to do things I enjoy like crafting, reading a book, watching TV, exploring nature, or playing with my five fur children.
Out of curiosity, when was the last time you did something relaxing? When you allow your body and mind to relax, you’re less stressed which means your muscles are less tense. You may not realize it but your hobbies and favorite activities are both good for your health and great at helping to reduce pain.
Speaking of favorites, my granddaughter is currently staying with me while her mom tackles midterms at college. To say that it’s been hectic around here is an understatement. I’ve been so focused on my granddaughter that I forgot to take my usual “me time.” Before I knew it, three weeks had gone by and I hadn’t crafted a thing. When I started feeling tense and edgy, I enlisted my husband’s help and got to work on a cute upcycling project. Since all of us pain fighters need a bit of magic in our lives, I made a magical unicorn pill container from an empty mints tin. Cue the dreamy, heart eyes because I have a thing for unicorns.
Materials You’ll Need
- empty tin (I used Altoids)
- a small piece of scrapbook paper
- Mod Podge (I used hard coat)
- fast-drying glue
- foam brush for Mod Podge
- small alphabet stickers
- decorative stickers (unicorn and rainbow for the win)
- scissors or X-Acto knife
- alcohol swab
- washi tape
Clean the inside and outside of the Altoids tin with an alcohol swab and let dry.
Using a pencil, trace the shape of the tin onto the scrapbook paper. Cut it out. It doesn’t have to be perfect. You can fix it once it’s on the tin.
Using the foam brush, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the top of the tin and then place the cut piece of scrapbook paper on top. Smooth out any bubbles or wrinkles, gently with your fingers.
Glue a piece of twine to the edges of the box. Continue to wrap and glue the twine around the tin until all of the red (top portion) is covered. **You can see how the twine should appear in number three below.
Next, wrap the bottom portion of the tin with washi tape. I wrapped the tin twice just in case.
Once the Mod Podge and scrapbook paper are completely dry, we’re going to use our small alphabet stickers and create an encouraging quote.
Since this tin will be used as a Curamin® pill container, I used a pain-related quote. How does “Breathe in joy, exhale pain” sound? It works for me! And repeat: breathe in joy, exhale pain.
Once I had my quote spelled out (get it? LOL), I applied a layer of Mod Podge on top to keep the letters secure. I made a small rosette out of felt and super glued it to the outside of the tin lid. If you don’t know how to make rosettes, you can find plenty of great tutorials by searching Google.
Next, I lined the bottom of my tin and the inside lid with felt. Use fast drying glue to secure. Use your scissors and X-Acto knife to trim any excess felt on the edges.
You may not have noticed but the predominant colors for this project are purple and green. Both colors are said to have calming effects. When I’m in pain, I need all the calming I can get.
Once the Mod Podge and super glue are dry, it’s time to introduce the unicorn to the tin. Tin, meet unicorn.
I found these cute stickers at Michael’s craft store. I knew they’d be perfect for this project as soon as I saw them. The unicorn was beckoning me to come over anyway. 😉 Who can resist the allure of unicorns? Not this girl.
The stickers are peel and stick so placement was pretty darn easy.
Not only do I have a new tool to help me combat pain (hello, Curamin®) but now I also have an adorable and magical pill container.
Did I mention that this project helped reduce my stress? Yep. Crafting is my thing. Refer back to number five in the 5 Tips To Help Combat Chronic Pain.
If you’d like to find out more about Curamin® and say goodbye to chronic pain, you can find additional details (including purchase locations) on their website: Stop Pain Now.
Do you suffer from chronic pain? If so, do you have pain-fighting tips you’d like to share in the comments?
P.S. What do you think of my magical unicorn pill container? Cute and fun, right?