GUEST POST: How to Reduce Chronic Pain at Home

Millions of people experience chronic pain, and the severity of that pain ranges from inconvenient to debilitating. However severe the pain, one thing is universal among all pain sufferers: in some way, pain negatively affects people’s everyday lives. Only you can know the severity of your pain and whether or not certain lifestyle changes and treatments are effective, but there are some adjustments that can be made that will likely be beneficial to anyone suffering from chronic pain. No Ordinary Liz explains how.

Eat to Reduce Inflammation

Not all chronic pain can be linked to inflammation inside your body, but a lot of it can. You can take anti-inflammatory medications, and you should if prescribed by a doctor. But you should also make dietary changes to reduce inflammation.

First, you need to cut out known causes of inflammation. These sources include fried foods, refined carbs, sugar, red meats, and processed meats. Saying goodbye to french fries, soft drinks, bagels, and steak can help you reduce your pain after your body begins to readjust.

Of course, it’s not just about what you can’t eat; there are also foods that you should eat in your fight against inflammation. Stock up on tomatoes, nuts and fatty fish such as salmon. Eat plenty of berries. Cook your food in olive oil instead of butter or margarine.

Do what you can to lose weight if you are overweight or obese, as “fatty tissue produces chemicals that cause inflammation, and carrying around extra weight can tax your body, increasing pain and discomfort.”

Get Help with Housework

If you suffer from chronic pain, even simple tasks like sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping can cause stress on your muscles and joints, leading to severe discomfort. Give yourself a break and hire some help.

If you can afford it, hire a cleaning service. Even if you can only pay for part-time assistance, you would benefit from the extra hands. Depending on the age of your children, look into either a part-time nanny or daycare services. Consider also hiring a lawn care company to maintain your yard. The cost of lawn care maintenance usually includes mowing, edging, and removing debris. Look for reputable house cleaning and lawn care companies by researching customer reviews and checking ratings.

Of course, some activities like gardening can actually help those with chronic pain, so you might want to do some of your housework yourself. But the moment it becomes clear that your home-making responsibilities are causing you pain, don’t be afraid to seek out help.

Reconfigure Your Bedroom

Unfortunately, sleep issues and chronic pain go together like peanut butter & jelly. If you have one, you usually have the other. Chronic pain can exacerbate sleeping troubles, and not getting enough rest can exacerbate chronic pain. To help get yourself out of this vicious cycle, make some alterations to your sleeping situation.

Turn your bedroom into a no-technology zone. Don’t bring your phone, computer, or even a TV into your bedroom. Don’t check work emails, don’t watch Netflix; in fact, don’t do anything in your bedroom except sleep and have sex. You must train your brain to think “sleep” when you get in bed, or else it will focus on countless tasks.

For some, total quiet is the way to go; for others, that complete quiet makes them focus on the pain. Find what works best for you. If you need some background noise, try a white noise machine, or play quiet, calming music.

Small Changes

While you may want to throw yourself into a host of changes to help fight your chronic pain, it’s important to take it a step at a time. Especially when it comes to new habits. Lifestyle changes are more likely to stick when they’re gradually implemented. So start small, maybe by getting help with housework. Once you have this figured out, turn to addressing your meals. By slowly adapting to these changes, you’re in a better position to really feel the benefits, making it easier to tweak what works and what doesn’t.

Everyone’s chronic pain is different, and much of dealing with it is trial and error. You try something, and it works or it doesn’t, and what works for one person completely fails for the next. However, by tweaking some basic elements in your home life, you can put yourself in a better situation to manage your chronic pain.

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About the Author:

Emma Grace Brown lives her life by her rules; and it works! When she’s not snuggling puppies, Emma promotes female empowerment through her website. Her mission is to help those who live with self-doubt to realize they don’t have to mold themselves to conventionality. 

No Ordinary Halloween (GIVEAWAY)

Halloween is upon us friends and you know what that means. Haunted houses, costume parties, lots of candy and loads of fear for what may be lurking in the dark…

FEAR
A word that is constantly hiding around in everyone’s back pockets.  FEAR of heights, FEAR of public speaking, FEAR of spiders, and FEAR of the dark.  It comes in many forms and learns to camouflage itself in a way that you don’t know how to identify it until it’s too late to brace yourself for what is about to happen!

Has it been awhile since you’ve had those hair-raising moments long enough to slice anyone who stumbles in your way?  Are you ready to determine if you should tackle the “Fight or Flight” approach? Do you have that sensation AKA adrenaline that rushes through your entire body that makes you feel like you’re every superhero in the Marvel club?  

Well, you’re in luck! I’m proud to be partnering with Scream-A-Geddon again as they petrify our Bay area residents with 6 attractions in 1 location, it’s guaranteed to make you flash that FEAR card the moment you step on the premises.  Continue reading “No Ordinary Halloween (GIVEAWAY)”

No Ordinary Fear (GIVEAWAY)

FEAR
A word that is constantly hiding around in everyone’s back pockets.  FEAR of heights, FEAR of public speaking, FEAR of spiders, and FEAR of the dark.  It comes in many forms and learns to camouflage itself in a way that you don’t know how to identify it until it’s too late to brace yourself for what is about to happen!

Has it been awhile since you’ve had those hair-raising moments long enough to slice anyone who stumbles in your way?  Are you ready to determine if you should tackle the “Fight or Flight” approach? Do you have that sensation AKA adrenaline that rushes through your entire body that makes you feel like you’re every superhero in the Marvel club?  

Well, you’re in luck! There is a new park that is lingering the Bay area. It’s guaranteed to make you flash that FEAR card the moment you step on the premises. 

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SCREAM-A-GEDDON  voted best newcomer by USA’s Best Haunted Houses, returns for its third year starting Friday, September 22nd. SCREAM-A-GEDDON promises sinister attractions that are more interactive than ever before and will feature haunted attractions with themes that range from an infectious disease epidemic to a heinous and sinister prison riot. The attractions include Deadwoods, Bedlam 3D, Cursed Hayride, Blackpool Prison and newly redesigned Infected: Ground Zero and Monster Midway. Infected: Ground Zero will challenge guests to take a step further and become a part of the story and take on terrifying challenges to stay alive. Are you ready to tackle those FEARS?

WARNING: Please continue to read further if you DARE!

These attractions are not for the faint-hearted. It is the ONE and ONLY choice for victims who want a grisly, disturbing and thrilling sinister experience.

scream4 Bedlam could be thought of as pandemonium and anarchy, but you could also say that it’s immersion in the chaos of the unknown. The clowns and fiends that fill Bedlam 3D will terrorize you, chase you and try to consume your flesh. Experience the 3D clown house known as Bedlam 3D!  With the current clown epidemic strolling the streets throughout the country, this attraction will certainly put your mind at ease!

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Cursed Hayride  is residents of a town cursed with immortality have wanted to die for years, but their attempts to reach the afterlife have been in vain. In order to escape their never-ending torture they must replace their soul with yours. Ride the wagon through Cursed Hayride and witness the horrifying sights and sounds of the doomed souls. But remember – they want your life, and your soul…


Infected Ground Zero  Shortly after the landing of a large meteorite in a farmer’s cornfield, an unexplained phenomenon began to make the locals act… peculiar. Reports of their aggressive and irrational behavior caught the attention of authorities and a special government containment team was deployed to study, analyze and quarantine. Not long after deployment, communications were lost and the team’s fate is unknown. Try to control your terror as you weave your way through fields, military tents and the farmhouse to confront the creatures within. Will you be the next one infected?

SCREAM-A-GEDDON: 27839 Saint Joe Road,  Dade City, FL 33525

Doors open on September 22nd and patiently awaiting for your unnerving arrival through November 4th. Tickets start at $19.95.

Are you ready to chase your FEARS?

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This is no TRICK, but it is a TREAT!  Want a chance to win tickets to experience this No Ordinary FEAR?
Leave me a comment below telling me WHY you’d love to have this awesome opportunity to exercise your FEAR skills, and I’ll choose TWO random comments on October 15th (using Random.org) and announce the winners here on the blog and on social media! Stay tuned.

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Disclaimer: This post is written on behalf of SCREAM-A-GEDDON!  All pictures and descriptions were provided by SCREAM-A-GEDDON.  I was able to chase my FEARS by attending the attractions in exchange for blog and social media posts.   All opinions are my own.

No Ordinary Bucket List

We all love an adventure. I know I certainly do. I can’t get enough of it.

So I just returned from my second leg of summer travels. With the celebration of America’s birthday behind me and celebrating the first few days of summer in the Great Smokies, it got me thinking. I want to do more! So I’ve decided to share with you what’s on my bucket list. It’s a big one! Continue reading “No Ordinary Bucket List”

No Ordinary Girl…My REVIEW: “Stella on Science” Children’s Book and Giveaway

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP? 

That is a bold statement and a question I’ve been asking myself since I was a little girl. I still remember that sunny day sitting in the back of that yellow rustic taxi cab window. The sun glistening through the trees and it’s reflection brushing my face as we stroll down that ole rugged mountain road.  Every time we would pass green plants, shrubs or flowers, I was curious as to how they played a part in our world.

Continue reading “No Ordinary Girl…My REVIEW: “Stella on Science” Children’s Book and Giveaway”

No Ordinary Resolutions

Can you believe it? We are here. It has taken me about two weeks to try to digest that 2017 is really here! Ummm…where did 2016 go?  It seems like yesterday I was picking my jaw off the floor over Y2K.  I guess the feedback my teachers used to tell back then were true. “Never wish your life away” they’d always say. But it’s true. Do you ever wake up and say, ” I wished it was summer already?” or “I wished it was 5:00pm?” GUILTY as charged. The “older” I get, the more I realize how I want those words back. If you think about it, the days & years are soaring right by us like a plane taking off. From 0-180mph. Now that’s pretty darn fast.  Marjorie Pay Hinckley  provides the best solution on how we should live this thing called life! “The trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead!” Continue reading “No Ordinary Resolutions”