Things to Try

A New Perspective

Deciding if you are ready to make the changes needed to manage your pain is really important if you are to move forward with your recovery.

Key Points:
  • If you're having trouble finding the motivation to change, make a list of advantages and disadvantages for both changing and not changing.
  • Get clear on your motivation for changing so that you have a reason for practicing your pain management strategies.

Start Moving Again

It's very important to be physically active, at a level you can manage. Building a program of paced, practiced and increasing activity is the key to returning to function.

Key Points:
  • Choose one simple activity to start with that you enjoy
  • Set goals that are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely.
  • Break larger goals down into smaller, more realistic parts.
  • Plan for setbacks.
  • Keep a record of your activity.
  • Check in with your healthcare team regularly.

Sleep

You can actually do a lot on your own to improve your chances of getting enough sleep. You don’t have to wait for advice from your doctor – there are things you can try right now!

Key Points:
  • Learn about normal sleep.
  • Find out about common sleep problems.
  • Practice healthy sleep habits.
  • Understand the do’s & don’ts of good sleep hygiene.

Return to Schooling

There are many adaptations and accommodations that can make it easier for you to gradually return to schooling. Work with your school, family and healthcare team to figure out how to meet your goals and needs.

Key Points:
  • You have options around what type of, and how much, schooling you do.
  • You can use pacing and adaptations in both P.E. class and academic classes.

Making Time for Friends & Fun

Deciding if you are ready to make the changes needed to manage your pain is really important if you are to move forward with your recovery.

Key Points:
  • If you’re having trouble finding the motivation to change, make a list of advantages and disadvantages for both changing and not changing.
  • Get clear on your motivation for changing so that you have a reason for practicing your pain management strategies.