Medication is one way to ease chronic musculoskeletal pain (CMP). But it isn't the only way. Changing some of your bad habits for the better is another. We're talking about a healthier diet, more exercise, and sound sleep. Making these and other lifestyle changes puts you in the driver's seat when it comes to controlling your pain. Overcome your bad habits, and you might live longer, too. One study found certain not-so-healthy behaviors increased mortality risk in people with CMP, and changing those practices lowered it.