Step 1. Lie down in a comfortable position and close your eyes (choose your location, be it a bed, a couch or the floor).
Step 2. Put your hands on the belly and mindfully relax your feet, hips, shoulders and neck.
Step 3. Start breathing deeply and slowly through your nose.
Step 4. If you feel a lot of tension, exhale through your mouth, as if sighing, a few times. Feeling how your belly rises and falls with each breath.
Step 5. Continue breathing mindfully and visualize the pain leaving the part of your body that hurts more and more, with every breath.
Continue as long as you need it and repeat as much as you like.
Get the Blood Going With Cardio Exercises
Cardio exercises are beneficial for chronic pain sufferers, as it has many mental and physical health benefits, among which is bone and joint strengthening, as well as mood stabilizing.
The goal is to walk at least for 30 minutes, 3-5 times per week, as it was proven to help increase endurance and heart health without straining your body too much. If this goal seems unattainable, start from as much as you can and slowly increase the time, and don’t forget to take your walker or cane on the walk if you’re using one.
7. Swimming or Water Aerobics
If walking proves difficult, water aerobics is a great alternative. The benefits of in-water exercise are that it will help you exercise your body without overwhelming your joints and muscles, as it is easier to move around in water. Swimming also has its mental benefits: it can calm you down and help clear your mind as nothing else.