Chronic pain makes daily life harder to handle, but here are some changes in your lifestyle, diet, and exercise routines can help ease your pain.

Try these simple methods for relief:

1. Manage your stress. Being under stress can increase your chronic pain as well as make it more difficult to manage. Try several strategies to relax and reduce stress and discover which ones are the best for you. Many people say that Yoga exercises or meditation are stress-reduction strategies that have helped them.

2. Try doing breathing exercises. By focusing on your breathing you can really relax your muscles and so reduce your pain. Deep breathing exercises can also reduce blood pressure, help to reduce stress, and lower the heart rate.

3. Find distractions. Instead of concentrating on the pain, try doing activities that you enjoy and that can help you keep the pain in the background of your mind. Working on a hobby or doing activities such as watching a movie or reading a new book may help. You might also try starting a new hobby or other activity that can help you fill your time and avoid thinking about the pain.

4. Increase your water intake. Experts say that the average human needs to take in a minimum of 60 ounces of water per day to stay healthy. Eight 8 ounce glasses (2 liters) per day should do it. It depends on your level of activity though. Through sweat, you lose about 1-liter of water per hour during moderate activity so if your lifestyle leads to more copious sweating, you might need more. Dehydration makes chronic pain more painful as well as being bad for your health in other ways, so this is a serious issue.

5. Avoid inflammatory foods. Fast food and processed foods can increase inflammation in your body, and with inflammation chronic pain also increases. Foods with excess amounts of sugar and salt also contribute to inflammation and so increased pain.

6. Eat more anti-inflammatory foods. Greens such as Kale and Spinach, fish, especially fatty fish or fish oil, blueberries and other berries, Turmeric and other items can help you fight inflammation and so reduce pain. These foods also contain antioxidants that fight muscle and organ damage on the cellular level.

7. Focus on using good posture. Your posture can help reduce stress on your back muscles and vertebrae and also on other muscles and so help to cut down on chronic pain. Watch the way you sit and stand. Experts recommend that you avoid slumping your shoulders or lowering your head even when relaxing. Your spine should be straight when sitting or walking so your muscles and spine are under less stress and your circulation is better.

8. Discuss your health with others. Researchers have found that talking about your health can help to reduce pain. Medical and psychological experts point out that talking about your pain can also help you discover new management techniques that may help.

9. Try massage. A massage by a knowledgable practitioner can reduce chronic pain by improving the circulation and blood flow to your muscles. Massages help reduce back, shoulder, and neck pain and can help to improve your health in other ways.

10. Find support. Health experts recommend that chronic pain sufferers find and join support groups that focus on chronic pain. Such groups can give you the chance to meet others who suffer from chronic pain and so understand your problems, and they may even suggest coping mechanisms that you may not have yet tried. They can offer advice and tips for managing pain. They may also provide doctor and clinic reviews or recommendations.

By talking to others who also suffer chronic pain, you may learn new techniques to deal with your pain. Chronic pain is often linked to anxiety and depression. The social aspect of such support groups can help you in coping with these side effects. You might look to Social Media for support groups for chronic pain sufferers or for groups that focus on your particular medical diagnosis. Support Groups are comprised of peers, people who have the same challenges that you have, and so are less formal settings. Online groups also offer privacy and anonymity, so even if you are shy or reserved you can feel comfortable sharing your experiences.

Even if you also take pharmaceutical medication for your pain, you can further reduce your suffering with these techniques. Follow your doctor’s advice, reduce stress and inflammation, and find support, and you will likely feel the pain relief you’ve been seeking.