Pain & friends

I have been struggling a bit recently with my pain levels which can lead me to sink into a cloud of gloom. Pain and tiredness can bring along their lovely friends anxiety and depression and it’s easy to fall into a blue mood.

Barbed wire droplet
Pain and tiredness can leave me prickly and tearful

Some days I struggle. And foolishly I try to pretend I’m fine. But I’m not.

These are a few things I need to remind myself to do when I’m down…

  • Look at the world around you and don’t just focus inwards on the pain and muddled emotions. The simplest, smallest things can lift you up. Look outwards!
  • Don’t forget that “this too shall pass”. Spring will come again. This is not forever.
  • Talk about how you’re feeling (or write it down). It helps to let go of the burden. So don’t keep it to yourself.
  • Practice the art of distraction – watch a happy film, read a happy novel, crochet, take photographs – do those things you enjoy even if you don’t feel like doing them right now.


What helps you navigate blue days and escape from pain?

Simple beauty soothes the soul
(this photograph is available to purchase as a digital download)
Spring will come again

By Suzy Shipman

I like to take photos and write words ...


  1. I know what you mean. I have had a leg injury and been in a lot of pain for some time. I tried some mindfulness and affirmations to keep my mind under control. It is a bit better now but a good rest, best in the nature always soothes me down.

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  2. Suzy, I’m sorry to read about your pain levels, your strategies sound good ones, its always something in nature and the company of my family that lift me when I’m feeling down. Take care of yourself.

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  3. The barbed wire is such a good representation! I love that soft snowdrop 🙂 I am similar to you, if it’s bearable for me to go out I try to get out photographing nature and enjoying the simple beauty around me. I read a lot at home and cuddle up with the cats. Sometimes the pain and fatigue is just too much and forces me to bed 😦 I don’t think our humid climate helps much for those of us with chronic pain! A dry atmosphere, whether hot or cold has always improved my pain, fatigue and mood. Hope you feel a bit better soon!

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  4. I came upon your site as I viewed my posting. My husband too lives with chronic pain from the military and everyday he goes down to the ocean and sets the pain on to the waves. Pain makes bravery out of people

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  5. Anxiety and depression can always come back to bite you in the arse at any time But you’re right. If you’re at a physically low ebb, the mental/emotional stuff tends to pop out of the woodwork. If I might say so, the pharse ‘blue mood’ is a massive understatement and belittles your problem.

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    1. That’s just me trying to make light of it. Somehow I find the proper words hard to say. On a good day I find myself denying that the bad days are that bad …


  6. People say….just press on. Never found it that easy. But the best help has been from friends who don’t need telling that you are ‘down’ but just set to do make live fun and easy….might only be little things and short lived but does lift emotions.

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  7. I understand very well and I send you love and hugs. Finding my three things each day helps me – and singing – and friends, both in person and through the ether. My Mum used to say This too will pass and she was always right even in the darkest of times. The light will come…. 🙂

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