Chronic pain resources
- Wed 15 Jul 2020
As hard as the unravelling situation is for almost everyone, it’s undoubtedly harder for the 4% of people with serious and debilitiating conditions that place them at increased risk of being impacted. People with chronic conditions including those living with chronic pain are more likely to be adversely impacted by a virus such as COVID 19.
Thankfully, there has been a proliferation of support that has sprung up to help Australians through these trying times. There are now a number of useful resources and tools that are available online. Many of these resources provide practical tips for looking after your mental health. A few key resources are:
- Calm app for meditation: https://www.calm.com/
- head to health website places great importance on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, from staying active, to eating well to staying connected
- mymentalhealth SANE forums offers opportunity to connect with others via an online community forum. Through conversation, we can share stories and information that help us find positive pathways through our experience
- Painaustralia addresses information that directly relates to chronic pain and questions or concerns of the chronic pain community
- The Australian Psychological Society (APS) has advice about maintaining positive mental health during the outbreak
- Virtual activities are being provided to support communities that have become socially isolated, so take advantage of some excellent offerings like New York’s famous Metropolitan Opera which will be streaming free. The Louvre which offers a tour through its Egyptian antiquities department, the recently restored Galerie d'Apollon, and Madrid's Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, which has its Rembrandt and Portraiture in Amsterdam, 1590-1670 exhibit on virtual view. The Vatican Museums offer 360-degree tours of the Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms and more, and the Smithsonian also has a self-guided tour of the National Museum of Natural History in New York.